Blogging, depending on your approach, is a lot like investing in prime assets. Some niches appreciate faster than others and all require a dedicated overseer who is constantly tweaking and improving the portfolio and instruments to guarantee the best results. The blogosphere is your marketplace and the strategies that you implement and maintain will greatly affect the long term success of your blog.
However, before investing your precious time and effort into growing a blog you need to have a solid plan to execute and define clear goals for yourself. Here are some excellent tips to help you get started on the right track to achieve your blogging dreams.
Building & Executing The Right Strategy
Developing the right plan for your blog is much like creating a business plan for a company. You need to take into consideration profit and loss, sales and marketing ideas and projections; and short and long-term goals. You don’t need to have a business degree to get your plan together, all you need to do is clearly document what you want to achieve and the resources and other prerequisites so that you are ready to take on your blogging journey in a focused and prepared way.
Practice The Right Techniques
The right techniques are much simpler than most expect. These days, there is no such thing as overnight success in blogging. If in one day you experience a spike in traffic of up to even 200% of your regular volume, you will need to be able to maintain it; and maintaining such an increase will require stable blogging fundamentals that have a solid foundation built overtime. Solid practices such as:
- Consistent posting
- Connecting with others through commenting and social networks
- Building trust & authority by providing great value
- Maintain a professional or respectable online reputation
- Respect others in your niche
- Aim to set trends rather than copy others
These represent the true “magic formula” if there is any. Stop looking for the get rich quick/get traffic quick schemes, these have no foundation and the audience gained through these methods are unpredictable and you have no authority in their minds. Aim for value, then trust and authority; then you can expect sales, advertising deals and other unthinkable opportunities.
Aim High, Very High!
Like the old cliche, “shoot for the moon but even if you miss you will be among the stars;” your level of success in blogging is greatly determined by how far you are willing to go with your ideas. Don’t be afraid to ask the most successful blogger you can think of for help. You never know, that blogger might take you under his or her’s wings and help you to grow quickly by providing unique opportunities for you. Always remember that the blogger who chooses to go a step further, blogs with passion and without doubt, achieves the greatest success and reward.
Breakdown Your Plan Into Smaller Steps
Its very common, especially for new bloggers, to experience information overload. This can be a crippling and discouraging dilemma and the overload is oftentimes experienced when the realization hits that successful blogging is not a walk in the park. It takes lots of writing and innovation, and for the uninspired, quitting seems to be the only option. To overcome this, breakdown your tasks and goals into simpler ones that can be achieved daily or weekly. With this method you’re feeding your soul with consistent success which will be fuel to help keep you going on your journey and give you a clearer and more focused mind.
Never Give Up!
Giving up is about the easiest and at the same time deadliest thing you could ever do with any task or goal. Giving up destroys your confidence, drains your soul and shows the world that you’re just not good enough. Spare yourself the trauma and keep fighting. When you hit that dead end reassess or change your strategies and keep on going. Most importantly, be practical about your blogging goals and never measure your success against another person”s. It is guaranteed that your success will be more or less and different from the successful bloggers you admire. At the end of the day, your success depends on whether you gave up or not.
You definitely have what it takes to become a successful blogger, you simply need to find the niche that suits you, believe that you can achieve and execute a well thought out plan. The internet lifestyle awaits!