Hey, guys! So I have received a ton of advice over the past year and a half, in the context of blogging. Some of it has been really good and then some aren’t so great. I’ll be honestly with y’all, not everything works for everyone. Every blog is different and every person is different. There is one thing that I want to state, just a PSA, if someone’s not asking for advice, please don’t give it. DMing someone something like “your blog is amazing BUT you could do blah blah blah…” that is just one of the rudest you can do to someone. It’s one thing if they’re asking and it’s another if you think you’re so high and mighty. Okay, sorry I just had to get that off my chest and let y’all know. Giving advice is something that can be taken 2 way, good or bad. So here is some good blogging advice I’ve received.
- 80 / 20. So if you don’t know what this means, sit back because it sounds crazy. Many of us think that if you put more content out, then you’ll end up with more page views. This isn’t true. I hate to say it because even I would like to believe I could just put something out and get a crazy number of page views. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. So the 80 / 20 rule is basically 20% blogging, writing the post, editing the post, photography/graphics, and then 80% marketing and planning. When I first started blogging I spent more time than I should have writing content and nearly enough time marketing/planning / socializing.
- Join Facebook groups. I cannot tell y’all how annoying facebook groups can honestly be, BUT they are super great for socializing, getting your content out there, and also seeing new content. This goes back to the 80 / 20 rule because this falls in the 80% part. You will legit spend soooooo much time in facebook groups. One thing I can say is that if you do use facebook groups, sometimes it’s good to take a break from one and use a different one for a while. One thing that I experience a lot is that if new members aren’t being added, then you’ll eventually end up with the same people and not actually getting your content out to new people.
- If you don’t feel like you’re moving, you are not working hard enough. Back when I first started blogging, I didn’t understand why I wasn’t moving up in page views. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t gaining traction at all. But, I’ll tell y’all why, because I wasn’t working at it. I was literally just barely doing anything as far as marking. I wasn’t putting myself out there and I wasn’t allowing my stuff to be found. After about 6 months I decided that I wanted my blog to grow. I wanted it to gain traction and I realized I needed to put more working to my blog, into my social media, because no one would just know who I am if I didn’t start trying to reach out to others.
- Consistency is key. Okay, earlier I know I said uploading all the time does not also mean that you get major page views BUT having a constant upload schedule will help to create a sense of security for the readers. It’s similar to when you’re favorite YouTubers have a schedule of uploading every Monday and Wednesday. It’s just something that helps you feel like you can trust that person. Well, the same goes for your blog. So take, for example, I upload new content 3 days a week, Monday and Friday are my own content and Wednesdays are guest post/book reviews. You can be sure that you will see that content on those days, those are also the days that I get the most page views. Want to know why? Becuase my loyal readers are looking for the content that I promised them.