If this is your first year as a blogger? If so, how is it working out for you so far? I’m sure you have all kinds of questions running through your mind. No worries, that’s totally normal. I had a ton of questions in my first year of blogging. Shewt, this month marks my sixth year blogiversary and I still have a couple questions every now and then. If there is one thing about blogging you should know, it’s that there is always something new to learn.
Let me also say there is no need to stress over it because as a blogger, we’ll always have questions. It’s a part of our growth – especially the first couple of years. And there’s no reason to panic because there is all kinds of resources not to mention an awesome blogging community to get answers to those questions.
I received a message from a young lady who is thinking about starting a blog. She asked me with all the blogs out there, how could she stand out from other bloggers in her niche.
That was one of the first questions I asked myself as a new blogger. I was even unsure how I would measure up.
Lucky for me, I learned from the best of the best bloggers out there and I want to pass on to you what I learned from them.
So what do you do to stand out from the millions of blogs out there? Here are five all-important tips you should make sure to follow if you want to blog like a boss and be recognized noticed in this big ole blogosphere and here they are.
How to Be a Kick A** Blogger
If your goal is to make money as a blogger then you have to treat it like a business. And like all businesses, there has to be a game plan in order to know what goals to meet and how to get there. So the first thing you want to do is create a blogging plan.
Your blogging plan should include a mission statement, attainable revenue goals, a marketing strategy for promoting your content, a blogging strategy to map out how often you will publish a blog post and a social media strategy to grow your followers.
For more details about what goes in a blogging plan, read my post How to Create a Blogging Plan.
Give your readers the best visitor experience. Make sure your theme is mobile-responsive. Nowadays, most of us are glued to our cell phones and never leave home without it so make sure your theme will look awesome when accessed from any mobile device.
Most themes are now designed to look great on any device but if you’re using a theme that isn’t mobile ready, there’s a plugin called WPTouch that allows you to customize your site’s appearance and deliver user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your visitor’s smartphone or tablet.
If you’re shopping around for a new theme, check out the themes on StudioPress*. They’ve added some new themes and I tell ya, if I hadn’t just redesigned my blog, I’d be getting a new theme! Check out this one called Pretty Chic*. This one would be perfect for women bloggers who are looking for something feminine.
Once you have the theme down and you start to customize it, make sure your blog is attractive and not hard on the eyes. If you’re not comfortable making the customizations yourself you can get Design Palette Pro* by Genesis. They’ve made it easy to make advance edits without touching a code. Or you can always contact me and I’d be happy to help you out!
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No doubt about it you’ve got to have great content. That’s the way to keep your readers wanting to go back to your blog. Create original content that will help them in some way and share your story or journey so your readers can relate to you.
I didn’t pick up this concept on my own. Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise has been teaching us how to incorporate stories with our blog posts for as long as I’ve been following him. A couple of years ago, I picked up his eBook 7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly and not only did it help me write my first eBook but it also helped me improve my writing overall.
Write in your own voice and don’t try to be like someone else. It’s okay to want to be like your favorite blogger. By that I mean being able to reach your readers the way they do or how write great content like them but you don’t want to use their tone. Trust me, your readers will see right through it.
You can also give your content some oomph by formatting it in an infographic or video to give your readers something different when they visit your blog.
This tip is very important. Blogging is not just about creating content, it’s about engaging with your community. You can’t be a kick a** blogger without one. Not only can they help you become an established blogger but those loyal readers can one day be a customer who purchases your product. Also, advertisers look for bloggers who engage with their community. So if monetizing your blog through sponsored campaign is a goal, start building those relationships!
Here’s one way to start. If someone leaves a comment on your blog post or on a social media post leave a reply. If it’s a comment from a fellow blogger then show the love by making sure to visit their blog in return. Leave a thoughtful comment and not one liners like “great post.” Also share their work on your social media pages.
Another way to build a community is by starting the conversation on social media. Such as, ask open-ended questions, take a fun poll, or you can share a pic and ask your followers to caption it.
Last but not least, you have to keep learning. There is always something new to learn in the blogging world. Keep your eyes open for the latest trends. Finally, connect with bloggers who will show you how to create awesome content, how to grow your blog and how to genuinely connect with your fans and followers.I think true success is intrinsic...It's love. It's kindness. It's community. Tom Shadyac #quoteClick To Tweet
Over To You
I hope found these blogging tips helpful and answered any questions you may have been asking yourself. Do you have additional questions about blogging? Fill out the comments section below and we can chat here! If you’re a seasoned blogger, what tips do you have to share with our fellow newbie blogger? What do you think are the qualities of a kick a** blogger?
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