I think the biggest mistake I made when I first started blogging was assuming that my blog would be read if I consistently posted quality things on it. I knew nothing about networking, how search engines work, or the benefits of social media (other than the social gains from a high-res snapchat story). For some unidentifiable reason I got a couple of followers and consistent views on my first two or three posts, and I thought it would continue from there. Most other bloggers said their views had continually increased from the time they began writing. However, they were doing a lot of things that I wasn’t.
7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers:
- They post phenomenal content.
- They have a niche subject and audience.
- They’re present and active on social media.
- They post consistently.
- They’re either relatable or untouchably cool.
- They are knowledgeable or passionate about what they write.
- They’re good writers.
First of all, I started this blog when I was fourteen. I tried to make this a fashion/beauty blog, but I was certainly not a fashion icon and I didn’t have the money to buy enough trendy makeup products to keep my views consistent. My most viewed posts were detailed descriptions of high-end makeup products. Here’s the stats on my most viewed posts:
My first discovery was that commenting on other’s people’s blogs and being interactive in the blogging community made a huge impact on my traffic. I’m proud to say I never left a “great post. please follow me xx” comment anywhere, but I worked really hard to be encouraging and active, and that helped people to at least see my name.
Since then, I’ve learned a ton about marketing myself. Here’s what I’ve done to increase my views:
- Filled in my blog with several posts I was proud of and I thought represented me well.
- Posted links to my blog on all my social media, and started letting people I know irl read it and share it.
- Created an instagram account and a facebook page to keep “followers” updated and to remind them to read when I posted new things. Some people don’t subscribe to RSS feeds or read blogs at all, so I force it down their throats. Really, really nicely.
- Continued posting and filling up the instagram account/ facebook page with followers and content.
- Prayed to the holy trinity that no one I know reads past my five carefully crafted posts and sees what I wrote in 2012.
|Yes, June 2015 is catastrophically low, but that’s because it’s early in the month.|