Your Own Determination Will Impact the Success of Your Blog

Your Own Determination Will Impact the Success of Your BlogBy Ashley Hardway

Did you know that on average a new blog is created every one-half of a second? That’s a lot of sites being developed daily. A large portion of them are developed by people like yourself that are looking to make a few extra dollars each month. Of course there are a lot of ways you can possibly make money with your blog, but your success will be measured by the amount of effort you personally put into the process.

Your Niche:

Some of the most successful blogs stick to a primary niche. This means that those who love computer technology develop a blog centered around that topic. There may be many things that pique your interest, but you need to find the one that is your primary focus. Why is this important to the success of your site?

  • Motivation: By maintaining a blog that you are passionate about, you’ll have more motivation to continue.
  • Relevancy: Between the search engines basing ranks according to relevancy and your target audience, you need your content to be like-minded – this includes your affiliate links and banners.
  • Professionalism: Keeping your blog focused on your niche promotes professionalism on your part. You don’t want material that doesn’t promote the rest of your pages.

Your Content:

Many will attest to how longer blog posts are better for your site and search engine optimization. Others will stand diligently behind shorter and more focused content. The truth is that both methods can be successful. As long as your reader can find value and learn something new with each blog post, it can be successful regardless of how long or short the material. When you develop your content, try to focus on:

  • Facts: Will your visitors be able to learn something from your post?
  • Grammar: If your readers can’t understand what you’re saying, they will leave.
  • Reducing Fluff: Fluff is what happens when you try to reach a certain number of words by adding text that doesn’t support the topic.
  • Regular Posts: Posting your material at regular intervals will not only help your search engine ranks, but it will improve the odds of someone subscribing to your RSS feed should you have one.

Your Marketing:

Although there can be a degree of success just by building a blog and writing content, visitors really don’t know you exist until you market the site. There are many ways you can go about promoting your blog on various social media hubs. These profiles will need to be updated as often as you write content if you want to continue connecting to your fans and followers. Luckily, tools such as Buffer and Hootsuite can help you distribute your posts to all of your important social media profiles from a single location. While social media is an important aspect to marketing your blog, you can also use:

  • Email Marketing: Many will attest to sending mass emails to potential readers is a golden method to use, especially since there is very little cost in the process.
  • Guest Blogger Posts: Many bloggers have found a great deal of success by writing guest posts on other blogs in order to promote their own.
  • RSS Directories: Syndication can help you gather readers, and submitting your feed to sites such as Netvibes and RSS-Network.com can drive a bit of traffic depending on your niche.
  • Pay-Per-Click: You can pay for advertising on sites such as Google’s Adwords or Facebook in order to generate interest in your site. These PPC campaigns only charge you when someone clicks on the advertisement to visit your page. It’s one of the most cost effective ways to guarantee visitors for the money you spend.

Your Determination:

With the tangibles out of the way, what about your own drive for success? Many people will start a blog in the hopes of making a living. They expect instant success and become frustrated when the website doesn’t perform well. Eventually, many people give up on the process and move on. Instead of developing a site that could become more than they thought possible, these people give up only after a month or two. In reality, it could take up to six months to a year to actually start seeing the progress of your site. You have to be determined and committed to developing your blog while realizing that you are competing with a world full of people such as yourself. Giving up will guarantee failure as determination could provide a chance for success.

It’s extremely rare for a blog to be developed and instantly become a success without spending thousands of dollars on advertising. Even the most successful developers of sites that benefit from 100,000 visitors per day worked for several years to achieve their expectations. It will be a lot of work on your behalf, but your efforts will reflect the success of your blog. Don’t be discouraged and build a strategy to improve your site.

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.

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