Now this blog post could cover pages and pages if I am not careful. There is nothing more exciting and fun than helping others. Like most people I love to impart the knowledge I have learnt, so I decided to pass on some tips for a successful blog.
The idea that sparked this post
I was reading a blog post about reasons for starting a blog. The writer said it needed to be personal which is correct. I call this the Why (read more HERE!). This is your reason for wanting to blog in the first place. It was reading that blog that gave me the idea for this blog. I started thinking about all the reasons people want a blog to start with.
My first blog
Many years ago I had a blog to showcase crafts, mine and other peoples. My particular ‘thing’ or style I suppose became a poem or ditty. I did a daily blog and always added a verse of some sort, usually related to what I had showcased, the theme. Sometimes it was about world situations or even the weather.
It built up regular viewers very quickly and was popular. Unfortunately people did not tell me until much later that it really helped their sales to be on there.
I also had no idea about monetising a blog in any way. I didn’t have time to read other blogs between family, work, making my own crafts to sell and blogging daily. So I missed an opportunity and gradually stopped blogging so much because it took up a chunk of time I needed for making, then it gradually stopped as life took over.
The trouble with something like writing a blog is, you need to be consistent. If you write regularly, it becomes a habit you do automatically. Miss a few and the habit is disappearing, blog sporadically and the habit disappears altogether.
Create your style
The blog also has to be personal in that you give it your voice which is your style.
That’s why copy and pasting doesn’t work, it looks and sounds impersonal. Plus if you have some or all of your content written for you, your blog won’t reflect your style or voice. Once you have attained success and have many followers then it is easier to let others write for you, a good writer will be able to give the writing at least some of your style and voice.
Many leaders in the blogging industry have a team that does the day to day stuff for them but the team will know how the blogger prefers each post to be.
People have a need to connect with other people. When your writing has your voice, that tone that makes it easily recognisable as yours, they will feel a connection that brings them back, again and again.
How to give it a Voice
That’s easy, make it about something you are passionate about. Do you have a hobby, an interest, something you do for fun or used to do before life squeezed it out?
Can’t think of anything? What do you talk to others about? Gaming? Crafts, Books, sports, health, wellbeing, keep fit, weightlifting, needlework, embroidery, baking, cars, bikes, motorbikes, gardening? The list is endless, it could go on for pages and pages. This amount gets the point across though.
It helps to know something about your subject which if it’s something you already love, you will know quite a bit about it.
If you can write as if you were talking to someone in the same room, explaining all about your passion, it makes the writing more personal and interesting to read.
Why do you need a blog?
Mainly because we all like to check something out before we buy. Also we don’t always know what we need so we go in search of answers to a problem.
Say you have a particular niche on …… gardening which is a growing interest not just to look pretty but for growing food. So those that are new to it but really fancy growing organic produce will go looking for information on how to make a start. They want to know what to grow and when and most importantly how to prepare the soil, whether raised beds are better and so on.
So the blog writer will consider all problems growers have, from new gardener to the experienced gardener and write posts on solutions. Then you will have products, affiliate or otherwise, that you will recommend and they will find useful.
The gardening niche is just an example but it works much the same way in other niches.
How soon will I make money?
Like any business it will take time to build trust, via your blog posts and you will need to have quite a lot of posts on your site for Google to rank them high enough to get seen often. Google and other search engine rankings is what brings organic traffic to your site. These are the people specifically searching for what you are writing about.
You will research and use keywords to bring those people to you. The keywords are the search terms people are using the most in search of information that they need.
So how long? Months if not a year or more. Though that depends upon how much time you have to research and write your posts and how many posts you can do in a week. If you can write quality posts every day, that will obviously make a difference to the time frame.
However, it is not a fast process, so earning will not be immediate or even in the near future. However once your site builds trust and the search engines decide you are an authority then traffic will build and along with it the chance to start earning sooner.
Mind you, if you have got to the point of asking about blogging or are looking for tips, you probably have the blog set up, if not actually started writing and you will know that it is not a fast solution to earning.
Pro’s and Cons of blogging
It can be hard at first, getting into the habit of writing more than a thousand words but it’s surprising how quickly you get used to it and the words start to flow without having to think too hard.
Many worry that they will run out of things to write about. I did at first but again once you have written several posts you find there are more and more ideas that spring up.
What about the research? That can be time consuming but mainly because you end up finding interesting ideas for more blog posts.
Traffic takes a long time to build up. Not necessarily. Organic traffic takes time to build but social media induced traffic can be much faster.
Make sure you set up social media business accounts from the start. If you only get a few minutes here and there it will help the followers to increase. The bigger the following the better the traffic.
What do you think?
Does it sound fun, adventurous, exciting, crazy, mad, daft or what? Some of them, all of them?
Me? I absolutely love it. It seemed a chore at first because I was constantly watching the word count but as I really got into it, I forgot all about how many words I was writing.
The amount of words became irrelevant, it was all about the information instead.
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