13 Surefire Ways To Thrive With Your Blog
Creating your own blog can be quite daunting. Especially in this day and age, when you may feel as if the blogging market is just so saturated. Because these days, everyone has a blog, right?
And it may feel quite intimidating. It’s just so easy to feel as if you have nothing to contribute that is different and interesting compared to what’s already out there. But that really doesn’t have to be the case with your blog.
Because if you have a unique voice, passion for writing, or for a set topic, and you really have something to say, then there’s always going to be room for your content.
However, if you really want to make sure that this is the case, and that your blog is going to be a success, there are also set things that you can do to create your own blog.Because if you have a unique voice, passion for writing or for a set topic, and you really have something to say, then there’s always going to be room for your content. #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
Tried and Tested Tactics for Your Blog
When it comes to blogging, there’s no secret to success – but there are tried and tested tactics that you can apply if you want your blog to thrive, which is something that most of us want.
If you just go into blogging blind, and you don’t really have a sense of what you’re doing or what you’re trying to achieve. It may take you a little while longer to find the success that you’re looking for.
You may really screw up your blog! But that really doesn’t have to be the case. Take a look at these tactics and see if you can find the success you’re looking for quicker.
Set A Goal For Creating Your Own Blog
First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a goal for your blog. Are you doing this to make money? Change the world? Or, create a platform from which you’d like to launch a book from?
Most of us will start blogging for a reason, so to begin with, you need to identify why you want to blog. Because when you have blogging goals in place, you’ll often find that you’re able to actually make them come true.
Create A Plan For Your Blog Today
At this point, you’re then going to want to think about pulling a bit of a business plan together. Because if you want to make sure that your blog is a success, you cannot leave that to chance.
Then, sit down with a template and think about each of the key sections that you need to work on.
Do you want to use affiliate marketing for your blog? Or will you use paid ads or sponsorships instead? Finally, decide what action you will need for your plan.
Strategize Your Blog
The next step from here is then to come up with a marketing strategy. You will want to think about your goals, and what the best way to reach them actually involves.
It’s important for you to plan out your platforms, your tactics, and how you’re going to market your blog throughout the year, to ensure that it does start to thrive.
Master One Social Media Platform
Now, when it comes to being on social media, you may feel the pressure to be everywhere and tag everyone. But you’re only one person, and you cannot do it all successfully and still build an audience at the pace you hope to.
So, this means that you’re going to want to learn to master one platform first. And when you’ve done that, and you’re getting the results you want, you’ll be in the best possible position to then go on and add others into the mix. I always recommend no more than 3 to most people I consult with. (Very few people can handle more than 3 social networks at a time.)
Try Paid Social Media
You may want to give Social media advertising a go. By now, you may notice that you only tend to get so much reach and that you can only access a certain amount of your audience. Thanks to these Facebook and Instagram algorithms!
However, you can often bypass the low organic reach when you advertise on social media. So Facebook or Instagram ads could really pay off for you here.
Collaborate With Others
You may also find that collaborations are really great for your blog too. Now, influencer marketing can be really strong, so working on content with others bloggers could help you to leverage their audience too.
But not only that, you might want to think about the brand partnerships that you could form, that would allow you to get more exposure, grow, and create lasting relationships with potential sponsors too.
Have A Hook
Then, you should try to think about what makes your blog special. What is it that you’re doing that helps you to stand out against your competitors and other bloggers in the marketplace?
Is it your voice, your content, your style, your way of interviewing? Make sure that you have a hook that is going to help you to stand out.
Next, you need to make sure that you have a strong presence too – particularly on your social media, as well as with your blog content. Posting sporadically isn’t going to get you the traction you want.
Instead, you need to make sure that you’re posting on social media at a regular pace, and that you’re sticking to the calendar that you’ve set for yourself.
Go Mobile For Your Blog
But then, you may also want to think about your mobile capabilities and what you can do to cater more to a mobile audience. Is your site even mobile optimized?
If you know that you’re getting a lot of users that are mobile, you need to up your game in this area. You might even want to come up with an app idea and look into mobile app testing to see if it might work for your blog and your audience.
An app could be more convenient for them. And while you may not launch it right away, brainstorming, testing, and finding your feet with apps could be something you get started on now.
Stay Consistent With Your Blog
From here, you then need to make sure that you’re consistent. Because it’s the consistency that will find you successful with your blog.
If you can post regularly and keep up the social content, this is going to be what gets you the traction you need to thrive. If you need help try using AI tools to help write your blog posts.Because it’s the consistency that will find you success with your blog. #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
However, something that is also important for you to remember when it comes to building your blog, is how you need to be yourself. Do not copy others or imitate their style. Being authentic is often what hooks your customers.
So you need to make sure that what you’re doing is unique. Hence, you have something to offer your readers and customers that isn’t just the same as what’s already out there.
Treat Your Blog Like A Business
But above all else, you’re going to want to actually treat your blog like a business. You need to set up the financials and track your profits. You’ll want to get organized with your admin.
You should draw up contracts and hire professionals to help you. The more you see this as a business, the better it will thrive.
Have A Vision
Finally, you need to make sure that you have a vision here too. Because if you know that you want your blog to thrive, and you really want it to be something, then vision is just essential.
So here, you’ll want to know where you’re going. So use your goals to identify what the dream is, and what your end goal with blogging is. Do you want to write a book or create a product line? Try to see where you’re going, to make sure that your blog finds success.Because if you know that you want your blog to thrive, and you really want it to be something, then vision is just essential. #bloggingtip Click To Tweet
And there you have it. Sure, none of these points are groundbreaking, but they aren’t meant to be. Because that’s the thing with blogging now. You are often likely going to find that it’s quite surprising just how simple the steps to success are while you are creating your own blog.
But you will want to make sure that you’re keeping up the consistency, that you’re putting the work in, and that you’re slowly seeing things progress. And then, your blog will truly thrive!
Are you creating your own blog today? Do you follow any or all of these steps? I’d love to know more in the comments below.
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I guess it’s my turn now; this is going to be an epic comment, which I usually defer to Ryan on. lol
Let’s see… 13 points eh? I’ll start with my favorite one; Be Unique! Absolutely! Without this, no matter if a person’s ready to address the other 12, it all falls apart with being original. I see too many people parroting what someone else has already said. If you agree, find a different way of talking about it; if you don’t, then say it.
Let’s talk about the concept of collaboration for a minute. There are many forms of collaboration; some are pretty good, some aren’t. I’m not big on specifically trying to collaborate with “influencers” just because someone’s decided to call them that. That’s like walking up to a rich person you don’t know and asking for a loan. Collaboration can be sharing other people’s posts on social media, commenting on blogs to show support, interviewing other people (like you’ve done above with Ileane), or writing an occasional guest post… when asked (as opposed to asking someone if you can guest post for them; you know how I feel about that lol).
As for the rest… they’re all good things to consider, but don’t get caught in trying to do all of them at the same time. Don’t get so caught up in everything that you forget to actually write the content. The point you wrote that fits this best is the one about planning one’s blog, which I defer to the word “content”. If you’re not a natural writer or someone who thinks on the fly with ease then planning content is the wisest thing you can do.
I think that’s enough… don’t you? 🙂
Hi Mitch, I like epic comments 🙂 I would agree on the part about being unique and yourself- it will help you blog for the longer term too. It must be tiring to copy others.
I like your analogy about collaboration – very cool and makes a great point. I like to collaborte with folks for the long haul vs. a short term one time thing.
I hope to plan better in 2019, I met with a productivity coach the other week via a network group. She really inspired me in many ways. One is get my office in order to work from instead of the kitchen table and the other was her content calendar. I have a social media calendar I live by for my clients but not a good content calendar. I fly by the seat of my pants way too often on that. So I hope to change that in 2019. I’m also planning a marketing calendar with a budget. Something I used to help clients do for years in the newspaper business. Feels strange to be doing my own now 🙂
Thanks for coming by on this on Mitch and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hey Lisa, I like you set of tips on thriving with a blog. Really down to earth stuff that can help anyone who follows the advice.
I especially like you tip about setting a goal for your blog, your why you’d want to have a blog in the first place.
It’s the same old story repeating itself:
“people lose their way when they lose their why”.
In other words:
When you have a clear goal in your mind about what it is you’re trying to achieve, you always find a way to push forward, even if the pace you have to take is sometimes that of a snail, instead of a Speedy Gonzales.
Hi Nikola, welcome to Inspire To Thrive 🙂 Oh yes, having a goal really can make a difference. Mine was to go full time which I finally did this past August 1st. It really did make a diference for me since I was working it hard. Thanks for coming by and for taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful day!
People may be looking fire outside, but a professional knows that fire to inspire rise deep within. Like every other business it is necessary for a blogger to grow his blogging business.
Glad you have shared the effective ways to grow blog.
Hi Gaurav, thanks for coming by on this one. Yes, it really has evolved into a business after years of working it. I hope you have a great new week ahead there 🙂
Loved this blog.Your blog information is very knowledgeable.I like your style to explain your blogging skill.Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you Roslia, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Which of the ways did you like the best out of the 13? Thanks for coming by and have a great day there!
Awesome post as always. Most blogs fail because of bad planning or no planning at all.
All the points you have mentioned should be considered while starting a blog or even running one currently.
Thanks for sharing these amazing tips.
– Umesh Singh
Hi Umesh, exellent point. One does have to have a plan to get somewhere 🙂 Otherwise you only do what you want to do when you want and that is not good for a blog. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day Umesh.
Totally agreed on your points. I think nowadays social media plays a great role. So we should focus on this matter.
Hi Ana, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Social media does play a great role but it’s not the only role, so be careful with that one 🙂 You have to have great content first before you can share content to social media. Thanks for coming by and have a great day!
I think being unique is very important. That is the reason niche sites do really well when it comes to traffic and able to make more sale. There are thousands of website with single focus but to be unique at something is really important.
Besides, you must put out the very exceptional quality of content.
I have seen people with many niches just for the sake of it but the actual content is nothing but garbage.
Amazing post. Keep up the good work 🙂
Nicely crafted post. I think having a vision is very important and following the path to convert that vision into reality is all it takes.
Fabulous guide Lisa. I see more every single day how collaborating makes you more and more successful. Most bloggers have a networking problem. Posting is no issue. But they have no friends because they resist collaborating, refusing to help fellow bloggers unless they get something in return. Excellent post!
Thank you Ryan. You are awesome with that “collaboration” Ryan. You certainly know how to collaborate. It’s how I generate all of my local business here too. It’s who you KNOW and the trust factor. I hope you have an awesome day Ryan 🙂
Good stuff, Lisa….
One thing i always teach readers is to publish something that’s hard to find, or to compile anything that increases in value when grouped together.
The latter tends to be easier than the former, as anything that’s “grouped together” naturally creates convenience. A list of places to guest blog comes to mind, or a giant list of websites that pay writers $100 or more.
Make your blog a go-to source, as this makes your blog more naturally referenced.
Thanks for the awesome read 🙂
Hi Elvis, That is good advice to teach readers. Yes, compiling things together can take more time and be more complex to finish but doesn’t always equal a go to source either. I see a lot of round-up posts that are done just for links and round-ups but don’t have a lot of substance 🙁 But if done right they can be awesome. Thanks for coming by Elvis, it’s a been a while 🙂 Have a great rest of the week there.
Ah, yes….theres always a way to ‘game’ the system somehow, ha. It’s one thing to compile something, but it’s quite another to compile something *of substance* . You’re absolutely right 🙂
Thanks Elvis for the return on that – that is correct 🙂 Have a great day!
There are over 7b people on earth Lisa yet we all have our different places and are all useful. The point is we are unique. If you try to be like Michael Jackson, you only end up being a copy.
Folks who want to blog like others end up being the fake copy. But I believe if we value our uniqueness, we will stand out despite the many blogs that pop up daily.
My point (as you mentioned) is – Be unique and build your own empire.
You nailed it 😉
Hi Enstine, wow, I hadn’t though of it that way – 7 billion of us 🙂 True about us all being unique. We each have our own ways. Thank you Enstine for that and for coming by and taking the time to comment today. I hope you have a great week ahead!