Thinking about starting a blog? Already have one but feeling a lack of motivation? Or do you just want to see what others out there are up to? Whatever the reason, I’m glad you’ve decided to check out my 5 Golden Rules of Blogging!
By implementing this set of strategies, I’ve seen an explosion in my blog traffic (an increase of over 868% in my page views, yaas!) and feel more motivated than ever to keep on creating content. I’m happier, am getting more sponsored post offers than ever, and am truly enjoying the entire process of blogging, from start to finish.
Use the following list of tips to spark that flame and take your blog to the next level!
(1) You Get Back What You Put In
Whether it be time or money, this is possibly the most important rule of all!
A lot of bloggers I know quit because they haven’t monetized as quickly as they hoped. In my case, I had a number of family members continue to ask me, “How many hours have you put in?” or “It costs you that much to run your website?” However, what these people don’t understand is that a blog, like any startup business, takes time to grow. You need product and you need to promote! So, consider your blog posts your inventory!
Finding hosting takes time. Arranging that hosting and getting a domain costs money. Setting up your website takes more time. Creating content including writing posts and taking your own photos (if you choose to do so) also takes time. The list doesn’t end! If blogging were as easy as paying for a website and watching the money roll in, I’m pretty sure everyone would be doing it!
(2) Be Real, Be Unique, Be YOU
If you want to create a loyal fan base, the first thing you’ll want to do is find your own voice.
There are a TON of blogs out there! But what separates you from them? What makes YOU special? Invite people to see this! Are you wicked talented at DIY-ing to the point of being a MacGyver? Do you up-cycle like it’s nobody’s business? Are you a raw vegan chef with a knack for creative displays and presentation? Show us!
Everyone has a story. Use your blog to start sharing yours!
(3) Never Stop Learning
Just like ever-developing Social Media platforms (think back to when Instagram Stories and Instagram TV were introduced), keeping up with trends is incredibly important.
But while you’re learning what’s new, why not perfect some skills you’ve already been working on? Improve your knowledge of Affiliate Marketing and SEO! Investigate and signup for some more Blogger or Influencer Marketing Platforms. Love photography and photo editing? Check out what other bloggers are doing! Do you do predominantly all of your work on your phone with Snapseed and VSCO? Compare Lightroom and Photoshop and see if photo editing on your laptop could improve your image game!
(4) Be Consistent
I am SO guilty of this one! It’s so easy to get caught up in life and on various social media platforms but if you want to make it as a blogger, you need to blog!
Aiming for at least one new post a week is a good starting point because chances are, your email subscribers want to hear from you! That’s why they signed up for your mailing list in the first place, right?
Using an agenda and writing a schedule is an excellent starting point. There are even planners just for blogging available! But if you’re like me and have a busy family life with kids, using a generic planner with detailed overviews for each day of the week might be more realistic. Use that planner to see where you have time and devote one or two days of the week to blogging! Maybe 2 hours during your little one’s naps or after he or she goes to bed could work.
Those who plan ahead plan to succeed.
(5) Perfection is Overrated
I’ll never forget how mortified my husband was the first time he watched me write an email. I have a tendency to overanalyze just about everything! Choice of words, how my tone may be perceived, etc. And though you may be thinking that being this detail-oriented is actually somewhat of positive characteristic, over-editing your work can result in stress, fatigue, and a future lack of enthusiasm for your projects.
Knowing when enough is a enough is an acquired skill and a part of our self-control that needs to be worked on regularly. The ability to cut down the time it takes to complete a simple task such as writing an email from one hour to 20 minutes, for instance, can be the difference between responding to one or three potential sponsored posts! Especially important if you, as I do, have a limited amount of time to devote to your blog .
So, there you have it, the Five Golden Rules of Blogging. Let me know how implementing these strategies helped improve your blogging experience in the comments below. I always love hearing from you!