Ummm, I’m loving it
This was the first thought came into my mind about my first 6 months of blogging after waking up.
Date: 24th January’2012
Time: Around 6:00 p.m.
This was the date, I launched this blog [exactly 6 months by today]
I used to blog for time pass on blogspot and WP.com blogs before starting this blog. I took almost 5 months just to write an elevator pitch for this blog before launching this blog (around September’2011).
Excuse me Rahul, what do you mean by elevator pitch?
In short, your blog’s tagline.
[note]Okay what’s in it for me? I just want to learn something from this post. Do you have any tips or should I leave your blog now?[/note]
You must read this post.
1. I’m gonna share few mistakes which I made in my first 6 months of blogging (which I don’t wanna see you to do the same)
2. Few golden blog tips which I never shared before
Read the rest to know more…
Few mistakes which I made in my first 6 months which I don’t want to see YOU to do the same
I never took blog commenting seriously.
I never made much blog comments, even after reading a great post. This is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made.
What I decided to do?
I’ll start commenting from now on as much as possible. I’ll guide the new bloggers humbly if they are doing any mistakes on their blogs. I’ll appreciate by giving some goodies if anyone is doing great work – that can be anyone.
My blog posting frequency was inconsistent.
I’ve my own reasons about this. I did a lot of testing to check the best post frequency for this blog. Still I failed to catch a perfect blog posting frequency.. Soon I’ll get over this problem.
My ‘blogging mentor’ said – “just focus on creating content in first six months”, so did I.
I don’t want to tell who is my blogging mentor, but he was bit wrong.
I should also have focused on building a network. I think I’ve good enough loyal readership for this blog now (around 400+ email subscribers), but still….
I’ll concentrate more on bringing new readers to this blog in coming days, especially via YouTube and other few resources. I’ll be sharing those tips if I get good results. So, stay tuned!
I focused more on getting “blog comments” which made me look like a dumb.
I don’t think this was a smart move from my side. I could have done more better if I concentrated on creating quality content than getting comments.
Here are few golden tips which you can take away
Write something that matters
Never criticize anyone. NEVER!
You don’t need to be a native English speaker to create awesome stuff on your blog (but you MUST communicate your thoughts well!)
Don’t use free Google images. Don’t want AdSense ;)? Here you can use free images
Learn how to flirt with your readers, that’s really essential for you to grow your blog
Never neglect your content (sacrifice anything for it!)
Use this 3 tools while writing
- zenwriter or ommwriter
Email your best stuff to other bloggers to let them spread the word about it
Install W3 total cache
Don’t write your about me page as a 3rd person (after all, you are writing it!)
Use a mobile responsive theme for your blog (most of the people are browsing through mobiles, so get a responsive theme ASAP)
When you feel like quitting blogging – just take a break, don’t give up!
Build your own writing style
Answer this – why should anyone read your blog?
And also this: what should they do immediately after reading a post. A blog comment, email subscription, buy your sales copy or something…?
Blogging is fun or business? Difficult question. Try to answer ASAP (blogging is a business at least for me)
Never post a comment on other blogs just to get a back link to your site
There’s nothing like crowded niche, if you’re competing with yourself every day, you’re the master!
Don’t get a mild heart attack by looking at your traffic stats once every hour. If you can’t get hold of it, try to focus on analyzing 3 months traffic graph rather than worrying about one day traffic spikes
Write for readers, optimize for search engines
Always use YOU while writing the content. Write as you talk and remember that you’re writing for humans
Know your targeted readers, think what they might ask when you both meet together. Answer them in your posts
You can’t monetize a blog without having good traffic. Good traffic means ‘targeted traffic’ who will buy the stuff from you, not useless traffic
Take the advice in small chunks. If you like a blog post, bookmark it and go back to it again when you need reference, but don’t copy that content
Professional bloggers reveal everything behind their success. All you need is: bit patient to analyze what they are actually saying
Hard work, consistency, and discipline are required to stand out
Always interlink to your old posts (but be relevant)
Following will determine whether or not to make any blog success
- Blog post frequency
- The way you write
- Research about the topic
- The art of converting readers into customers
[note]Update: One of my blog readers (Mr. Hasan Ali from Specifi.com) suggested me an idea about displaying the ‘best posts’ on this blog, so here you’re!
Actually (frankly speaking) I consider each and every post as a killer, so it’s really difficult for me to pick few from them, listed 7 best of the best articles below. Hope you’ll find it useful.
8th: How to KISS Your Blog: 3 Ways!! (this is the post “Hasan Ali” wanted to include me in the list, Hey buddy, here is your favorite one :)) [/note]
A final note from me:
If really want to build a successful blog. Work hard. You’ll get what you deserve.
Please don’t repeat the mistakes which I’ve done in my first 6 months.