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Building Better Connections, Networking, Commenting, Social Networking Sites

Building Better Connections

To build better connections for your blog, it’s far more expedient to spend a little time a day to read and comment on several blogs that you follow, than going through hundreds of them leaving your likes and Gravatar on a consistent basis like a sticker.

Your comments leave a more valid impression behind. It’s a painstaking and time-consuming affair, but worthwhile in the long-term.

Remember that people follow people – they essentially follow the perceived personality behind the blog, even when the blogger is anonymous – and not necessarily the website. It’s the connections that form the backbone of your blog and those few minutes spent commenting builds a bridge to networking.



Networking

Networking means doing a whole gamut of things that I have written about here before such as:

  • Leaving comments on other blogs.
  • Responding to comments that others leave on yours.
  • Make helpful suggestions.
  • Emailing people to introduce yourself especially in a niche that interest you.

Give yourself a challenge today, comment on at least 5 – 10 blogs that you read.

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How To Network, Promote Your Blog And Grow Your Traffic Effectively.

Networking, Promoting, Guest Posting, Social Media Sharing, Content Sharing, Collaboration, Target Readers, Blog Traffic, Growth

Networking and promoting your blog requires online community building which takes consistent effort to engage, interact and share on social media platforms. Most bloggers know how difficult it could be to grow a blog, however, inculcating useful tactics would allow you to make the most of your efforts to promote your blog.

For a new blogger, networking is especially important to help you speed up the process of growing your blog business, gaining new readers and subscribers.

With the spate of networks coming out so often, there are many opportunities for a blogger to grow their blog, however, time constraint may make it impossible to try to use them all. A great strategy would be to focus on a few of them and work them to the best of your ability.

One recommendation that I would offer any new blogger is to invest a significant amount of time daily connecting with others online, which entails reading and commenting on other people’s blogs, responding to comments, connecting via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest etc.

To embark on effective promotion on social media, I would make a number of suggestions:

Identify your target readers based on your niche.

If your articles are mainly visuals, mediums like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler may work best for you, while LinkedIn, Google+ Facebook, Twitter could work in your favour for written posts as well as visuals.

Create great content

The importance of creating content that serves your readers must be reiterated. Killer contents that offer how-to tutorials, solutions to a problem or list of resources relevant to others in your niche would gain and retain the interest of many. Also use snippets that offer tips in-between your schedule of posting killer contents.

Automate content sharing

Through WordPress.org you could choose plugin mediums with the potentials to grow your traffic and the social sharing buttons are easy to implement on your blog and WordPress JetPack provides a service that automates sharing to a number of social networks.

Keep the sharing buttons to a minimum for several reasons; having too many options presents a problem to your readers who may end up not sharing it at all, it also slows down your page speed when you have too many social media buttons.

Use Guest posting and Collaboration

Reach out to blogs in a similar niche as yours and offer to guest post on their blog or to collaborate on topics that you might have in common.

Most times new bloggers aim for high A-list bloggers with tons of traffic and undermine the B-list bloggers with medium traffic flow. The hard truth is that most successful bloggers out there are extremely busy people who are constantly inundated with a deluge of networking requests, so it might be more difficult to catch and retain their attention.

Other medium growth bloggers within your niche are equally in a position to drive traffic to your end especially when your interests lie on the same ground. There’s no point guest posting on a blog that talks about construction, while your interest lies in poetry or healthy lifestyle.

Be Useful. Give, then Receive

Self-promoting is far easier that getting others to promote you and if you choose the path of self-promotion only, your journey will be far more arduous. Be more generous and open-minded in giving rather than just taking. When you highlight and share the good work done by others, encouraging them with your comments and supporting them to achieve their goals, it creates a ripple effect. Generosity may be old-fashioned but still works all the time and you’ll be in a much better position in the long run.

Most people have the fear that in promoting other people’s work they will lose the authenticity of their blog’s which is a total misconception. There are several methods of doing this, either by making reference to the article that you are highlighting, sharing it on social media, featuring the post on your blog and so on.

Be Consistent and Prove Yourself

When you are starting out, it takes some time to create an impression and to build a community. A lot of bloggers start out and give up within the first few months of blogging because the demands of blogging/writing are not easy. The initial slowness of growth and the rigours of networking could make it a steep climb, but you’ve got to keep going and show that you are in it for the long haul. Disappearing into thin air ever so often is not great for the growth of a blog. Be consistent in proving yourself as you grow your niche and keep your expectations to a minimum.

Network, Network, Network

Make time to consistently network at least 30 minutes to 1 hour each day. Read and comment, link to posts of bloggers in your niche, interact with others through Twitter, Facebook

You can search out and join like-minded groups on Facebook such as Share bloggers and Cafe Blog. There’s a number of them online.

Try and build relationships with others. Don’t approach them just as a one-off to help you grow your blog. No one likes to feel used. The basis of interaction should be due to respect for their work and expectation creating a good synergy.

Promotion

Take some time each day, at least a 30 minutes to 1 hour each day to promote your blogs article. Let people in your niche know about it, post it in forums or submit to social bookmarking sites.

With these consistent efforts, the fruitful dividends of your networking will surely pay off over time. I must warn that you shouldn’t expect too much to happen too quickly. The relationships and growth will happen as you persist and build trust.

I would love to hear about your own experience on networking your blog. Are there tips that probably helped you  to grow your blog that you would like to share with us?

 

 

 

Your next 30 days post-launch routine.

Launching, Successful Blog, Theme Design, Social Networking, Blogging, Blog Directories, SEO,

Setting up a blog on WordPress is relatively easy, however, creating a successful blog may be overwhelming and to achieve long-term success, it is imperative that you make great choices from the onset.

Following a step by step plan would be vital in helping your blog to flourish.

Your blog’s success is hinged on:

  • Setting the right foundations.
  • Creating quality content.
  • Building an online presence
  • Networking and marketing your blog.
  • Continuous strategizing for success.

30 Days post-launch routine of connecting the dots.

Day 1.

Don’t launch too early; assuming that you are yet to launch your site. It may be tempting to take off as soon as you decide to start blogging, but you must make sure that you’ve covered the required basics in setting up your blog.

Day 2.

Decide on the niche you want to create for your site. Yes it’s your blog and you may have a lot of topics that you want to cover, but if your blog is geared towards income generation, you would need to have it associated with a certain focus – it’s like being an expert in your field of interest.

Day 3

Make a blog business plan or set goals for your blog. These goals are not fixed and could be adjusted as the need arises, but it’s worthwhile and helps you to keep focused.

Day 4

Create great content in your own unique voice. Keeping your posts fresh, engaging and informative will give your readers something interesting to look forward to each time. You may consider creating extra posts (in the draft) for those days that your time is constrained.

Day 5

Keep your posts concise. Don’t ramble and add unnecessary fluff that adds no value to your content.

Day 6

Consistency. Determine how much time you have to dedicate to your blog, then have a regular publishing schedule. Stick to it. It could be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. This way your readers expect your posts. Inconsistency with your publishing could affect your readership adversely. This ties in with having extras in your draft to fill in on days when other things get in the way.

Day 7

Interact with your readers: When readers leave comments on your blog, don’t ignore them. Respond, engage and build your community.

Day 8

Be yourself and create your style: Competition persists out there, but the way you can stay on top of your blogging game is to try to differentiate yourself from others. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. This could be by creating more detailed content that proffers solution to the reader and helps them to take action.

Day 9

Always ask for feedback from your readers. Keep your posts interactive, especially towards the end where you can encourage comments, ask them a question or run a survey.

Day 10

Social networking: Look for other sites that promote content that’s like yours and create links. Engage your twitter and Facebook to tweet your post once you’ve published it.

Day 11

Search for big blog directories like DMOZ  and add your blog.

Day 12

Network with other bloggers. Start chatting up other bloggers and build a relationship. This way, by the time you launch your blog a number of them would be willing to write or plug your link into their blogs and this can help drive subscribers to you.

Day 13

Dig into your search reports – through your google crawl report or a feed stats plugin to gain a better understanding of the type of topics your readers are clicking and showing interest on.

Day 14

Do a search engine optimization check and learn what you can about SEO. Gaining a bit of insight on the basics of SEO is helpful. There are loads of information online about SEO’s and Yoast has great, simplified information to help a starter.

Day 15

Explore a new social media site, like Pinterest, StumbleUpon. The more networks you get on, the more you expand your circle and subscription.

Day 16 

Search for other forums to join and subscribe to as may RSS feeds as you can that correspond to your interest.

Day 17

Tweak your theme design, declutter your sidebar if need be. Most times during the first setup, the tendency is to add-on so many widgets that we may end up not using. Keep the widgets down to the essentials.

Day 18

Guest post on other blogs. A good number of blogs welcome quality guest posts. This is also another way of getting noticed and connecting with more readers. If your article is good, the chance is that the reader would want to know more.

Day 19

Keep your bounce rates to a minimum: Your bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who enters and exits your site on the same page without any clicks  on other pages of your site. These could be primarily addressed by making your blog readable and avoidance of clutter, as well as annoying pop-ups.

Day 20

Cross link your posts. Add links to your older, related posts into the content of your post or add the related post widget at the footer of each post.

Day 21

Analyze your competition. Yes, it’s good to know what your competition is doing. This could serve as an inspiration as well as pointers on where you could improve on your blog.

Day 22

Think and work on your monetization plan for your blog. Blogging for money shouldn’t be your main driver, otherwise, it could get boring a bit too fast. It’s not enough just to want to earn, but like every business, you should have a monetization plan and strategy. It’s advisable to give your blog the first few weeks or couple of months to gain readership before embarking on an income project.

Day 23

Search for affiliate programs that fit your blogs focus.

Day 24

Consider writing your post in series. Writing in an engaging series keeps the readers coming back because they are looking forward to a continuation.

Day 25

Keep stoking the fire and appreciate all those who wrote or mentioned your blog in their posts.

Day 26

Run an in-depth analysis of your blog and note those areas that need improvement.

Day 27

Improve on your blog. Take the day to check those areas that need improvement and address them.

Day 28

Plan your next blogging posts for 10, 20 and 30 days.

Day 29

Join a blogging challenge, keep abreast of what’s happening in your area of interest. For those whose blog interests lies in writing, there are platforms such as Nanowrimo, Nablopomo and more that offer blogging challenges. These are also ways of connecting with other bloggers and readers.

Day 30

Be patient. Remember that your blog is a journey and not a sprint. It could take months or even years before it grows popular but you must persist and keep your eye’s on the goal with continuous improvement.

So, do you have any routine that you used in the past? Are there more tips that you could share with us? I hope that you find the 3o days routine useful and thank you for reading.

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