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Blogging started as my hobby that has now turned into a habit and I really love and enjoy it. I know when you’re in love with something, you’re supposed to do it selflessly, wholeheartedly, unconditionally, doing the thing without caring much of what people say or think…fa-la la la la…I don’t know about you but I have had days when I would set my WordPress statistics on refresh and say, “only 10 views from Ecuador! I swear nobody loves me.” Very dramatic there, I know. What I think is, though, when you dedicate your time and are really putting yourself into the work you are doing, you have a right to expect something back. I am going to go all Guru in this post and share all that I have learned about blogging.
Social Media Link-Ups: You have set up your blog and wrote an amazing post that is no less than something that Harper Bazaar publishes, but you have no one reading. Look, it’s about getting the word out and letting people know you have posted something. Social Media is a great way to share your content with your viewers. They can follow/subscribe you so that they will know every time you update your blog. Bloglovin‘ is an easy way for your readers to follow your blog, but it is better to join other platforms so that you are reaching out to more people.
I guess the one thing that you have to make sure to have an effective social media account, is to manage it well. Most people share irrelevant things, post once in a year or do not interact with their readers. Not that you have to answer everyone, but answering a query would always earn you a brownie point. Most of the new readers that I gain come to me from Instagram, Google+ or Twitter. Joining social media would help you grow as a blogger as you yourself would learn and inspire from the feed of other bloggers out there.
Google is your well-wisher: You know that thing, when you have typed something and someone’s blog opens, or when you click an image and then someone’s blog opens? You might not know this, but the majority of the traffic comes directly from Google results. This could be someone who clicked on a photo in the image result to a few words that would match the person’s Google’d query. Google is actually the one that will get you the most viewers, provided you have an optimised SEO (search engine optimisation). Until you have restricted content, I’d suggest you keep your blog public rather than private. When you write your post, try to put as many tags as you can as that will enhance your chance of being found more. Try to add relevant pictures to your blog; the original, the better!
Interact with other bloggers: This is one way of learning things, from writing style to what is trending, other blogs would help you greatly. Interact with your fellow bloggers, leave a genuine comment on their content and appreciate them if you liked what they wrote, welcome them to your blog by leaving your link in the bottom of your comment (no no, don’t go spamming loves). It is quite possible that their readers would notice your presence and would come to check out your site. I did not know this until I discovered in my stats that viewers were visiting me from other bloggers’ posts.
Ask questions: When you visit someone’s blog and they have asked a question at the end, you are most likely to reply to it even if you weren’t initially knowing what to comment. Asking questions in the end is a great way to talk to your reader. It becomes more fun to read blogs that read more as if the person is directly talking to you and asking you questions, rather than being a boring grammar teacher (no offence).
Reply to the comments: As much as it is important to interact with fellow bloggers, it is also important to interact with your audience too. When someone leaves you a comment or has a question regarding your content, try to reply to them. It is a nice gesture and builds a good relationship between you and your reader, and your reader is most likely to come back when they feel welcomed.
This was my take on better blogging, or I should say type down my observation for the world to read. I tried to act like a really know a lot of stuff in this post, but hey, I’m by no means an expert. I’ve noticed it’s a trial and error method. Things that work for me, might not for you so you have to keep trying and find your own unique method.
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