This question was coming often in my mind during my first months of blogging. Of course, when I first created my blog, it was not looking very nice, and it only had one post!
I remember myself checking daily how many viewers I had and I remember having only 2-4 viewers the day. It felt awful. Actually, in my case, my viewers started appearing on the analytics page after the first 3 months of blogging.
Below I am going to share with you some blog tips suggested from successful bloggers and the reason I am not going to follow those despite the traffic I am supposed to gain.
Define your niche and have only one niche you are writing about
I am a person with lots of interests. I like reading about self-improvement and stress management techniques but I also like hand-crafting, I like dancing but I also like software development.
I just wouldn’t feel ok if I restricted myself on writing only about one thing. And I want to have a blog that expresses my personality. I don’t see a blog money-oriented. Of course, I would love to be able to make a full income (Who wouldn’t love that) from my personal website, but I wouldn’t sacrifice my honest opinions and writing just to establish a specific brand with money-making as a goal.
Currently, I have a few topics on my blog, mostly about self-improvement, stress-management and some blogging tips and experiences come on the way. But I want to be able to post a tutorial on a super cute handcrafted item, write a product review if I want, or share with you pictures of a great trip.
It would still be my own brand, my own blog, and it targets on helping people feel better when they are over-stressed, or just read about something that they find interesting and then go away and read something else online.
Promote your blog in all social media
I pin my posts quite often on Pinterest. And the truth is that most of my traffic comes from this wonderful platform. I also find ideas and great readings over there. But you know what?
I do not promote often my posts on Instagram or Facebook. Both of them are my personal accounts. It’s not that I feel shy to show to my friends and old friends that I keep a blog but I also wouldn’t mind if they don’t know anything about it.
I don’t know if I am losing huge traffic from my denial on promoting on my personal Facebook account or Instagram, but it’s my right to not want to spam those people. I believe that a blog is meant to give solutions or help people who are searching for your advice or help so it must be accessible through search engines rather than spamming friends and colleagues on our personal social media about topics they are not interested at all.
I believe that a blog is meant to give solutions or help people who are searching for your advice or help, so, in my opinion, it should be accessible through search engines rather than spamming friends and colleagues on our personal social media about topics they are not interested at all.
I am going to admit that this is a great tip. I believe that if you practice this tip you are going to get much more traffic on your site. It’s simple logic.
There more content you create on your blog, the more keywords, more topics can be found on search engines => more clicks => more views.
But what if you are busy? Or you run out of ideas? Should you write just anything?
If you are a creative person you can always come with new ideas. But I am working full time, I have dance classes and a very busy life so writing many times the week, or even once a week, every week of the month seems impossible for now. The important for me is to be consistent. That means to write as often as I can and to try to write once every two weeks maximum. I keep an editorial journal and I also have some tips about blogging while working full time on this post.
I wouldn’t quit blogging just because one month I had not something interesting or helpful to write about. Some times we are not that creative. Especially if we are working full time, this can happen more often.
If you are not writing very often it does not mean that your blog is not great and helpful for some people. Its’ older articles are still over there and once you will come with something new you will publish a new post.
My conclusion and personal advice after experimenting with blogging for a while is to be yourself and never quit blogging just because you do not have many viewers.
There is always someone out there who may find your blog very helpful. The blogging journey is not about showing a glamour side of ourselves. Blogging is a writing journey, and we are growing as our blog grows.
Thank you for passing by my blog, have a great day!