Blogging success begins with a step towards the right direction.
If you know what you’re doing, blogging can put food on your table.
I’ve seen a lot of people who started out with nothing, and became great testimonials to their world. It’s your turn.
Are you a blogger? Do you want to really succeed; build an audience, increase comments, sell your services and make money?
Let’s consider the 7 steps to blogging success. Read gently and leave a comment afterward.
1. Write your goals down
Do you’ve a goal for your business? It’s so unfortunate how people started out blogging with no radar to guide them. It’s not enough to have the thoughts of success in your head; you’ve to jot it down on paper.
No matter what activities you’ve been called to do, make sure it’s not outside of your goals. If spending 4 hours on Twitter isn’t your goal, don’t waste that quality time tweeting. Write down core things which are helpful to growing your blog and stick with it.
2. Pursue one goal at a time
Yes, maybe you’ve written down 10 goals for the month and want to achieve all before 27th of same month. The best way is to pursue one goal at a time. You could dedicate this week for writing 5 quality guest posts, and next week for networking with other bloggers in your niche.
Of course, you could run with 2 visions at once, but for beginners it can be a BIG problem. Whatever you’re doing, put your energy and passion into it. That’s how a successful blogger is made.
3. Outsource what you can’t do
Do you outsource?
If you’re yet to start outsourcing, you’re missing out real time. You see, blogging is a difficult task and 24 hours is barely enough to handle the business and earn a living from it. When I started blogging, I thought I could research keywords, create a product, write quality articles, network, honor speaking engagements and do all manners of tasks myself.
I tried and failed woefully. When you start outsourcing, you’ll move faster than your competitors. Outsourcing definitely would involve monetary investment, but it’s worth it.
4. Write what you know
Passion is the fuel that powers the blogging engine. A passionate blogger writes and updates his or her blog regularly. Passion creates an aura of joy in your spirit. From the outset, choose a niche and topic you can write well.
Blogging is a long-term project, so don’t choose a niche because your friend or mentor advised you to. Stick with your passion and you’ll succeed. Sure, you will!
5. Offer value to your audience
Blog readers, prospects and customers are looking for one thing. They’re so desperate to get it. They’re searching for real value. Did you know that over 160,000 new wordpress blogs are created on a daily basis? But guess what?
Only few of these blogs truly offer value to the market. It makes no difference whether you’re a newbie or a professional, value can differentiate your blog from the crowd and give you real success. Will you offer value or hide beneath the walls of mediocrity? The choice is yours.
6. Monetize your blog
This part is what we like so much. Monetizing a blog is so important, but it can be frustrating if you neglect the core steps above. Value must come first, and then passion before anyone would consider buying from you.
What is the best monetization strategy for your blog? Only you can tell. Will e-books, software or WordPress themes and plugins be a good fit? Or would you rather sell your skills like writing, designing etc.?
In all, you must monetize your blog to make a living from it. Sure, some people will stand against the banners and affiliate links on your blog if that’s what you decide on, but it doesn’t matter. It’s your blog, and you’re not doing it for fun.
7. Rinse and repeat
The last piece of puzzle is simple. If a particular tactic works for your blog, don’t run helter-skelter looking for another loophole.
Stick with proven marketing strategies and become a master at it. For instance, if email marketing is working for you, don’t try to deviate and dabble into facebook marketing.
Stay focused. Do what you’ve to do and leave the rest to fate. See you at the top!
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