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How to Write Scannable Content to Retain Readers Attention.

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One of the challenges of this age of abundance and overflow of information is that people no longer consume and absorb information like they used to. People pass through your blog, but they do not stop to read your content. It’s the harsh truth but the truth nonetheless.

With the plethora of social mediums and the constant distractions that we have these days, the attention span of the audience keeps reducing because we are all in a hurry.

We are all racing to churn out more posts and keep up with the pace. There are a thousand things beckoning for people’s attention.

This raises the bar for you as a communicator to find effective means of communicating and retaining any reader’s attention (they scan through – only few would read an entire paragraph).




Tips to help keep the attention of skimmers and the hurried gentry.

  • Keep your blog posts brief and sweet: 300 – 750 words
  • Break your contents into chunks and use sub-headings. This way they can skim from one slot to the other seamlessly.
  • Keep your paragraphs between 3 – 4 lines. Space them out.
  • Use bullet or numbered points. It creates an impression of efficiency – skimmers are efficient with their time – and it’s fun to read.
  • Create list posts. They go straight to the point.
  • Use your formatting options effectively and sensibly. Your bold and italics to highlight succinct points.
  • Don’t write your posts in 50 shades of different colours. It’s disturbing to the eye’s and too distracting.
  • Make your posts conversational. Let it flow as if you are having a chat with your friends. It’s not the Daily news that is serious and dour.
  • Add clickable related links to your posts – old posts that’s worth a second eyeballing due to their great content.
  • Encourage discussion Phrase your sentences in such a way that offers the invitation to take part.
  • Shake things up. Now and again, write in long-form – 1,000 words upwards – and write posts that illuminate, disturb or provoke thought.

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Don’t Quit Your Blog – Just Tweak It!

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No one told you that it would be a slow climb of grits, cramped fingers and the snail pace attention from your expected dream audience.

No one told you that finding fame or making money from blogging is not easy pickings and that there are many days the thrill would fizzle out faster than the time it took the ink of your words to dry.

No one told you when you started blogging, all awash with excitement and so much to say, that time might come when you find yourself writing terse sentences such as:

Sorry I haven’t posted for AGES, guys.

Don’t know what to say….blah, blah.

If you are contemplating tossing in your paddle and jumping out of the choppy waters of your blogging boat; I would say, halt!

As a matter of fact, according to online research, most bloggers struggle and 95% of bloggers give up and abandon their blogs within six months of starting.

They open a blog, post with enough enthusiasm to keep a steam engine running for a while, then they either find a niche and a particular way of expressing themselves, or they run out of steam, lose heart and walk away.

The highway of the huge worldwide web is dotted with blogs abandoned by their owners and sometimes, it gives one a reason to pause and ponder why.

  • A common reason beginner bloggers give up is because they become frustrated by the technical side of things. They find customizing their blogs tedious and coupled with other stress factors, they pack up their bags and leave the scene.
  • Following quickly behind this is the fast-moving, ever-evolving world of social media that requires tons of attention to grow and engage an audience.
  • The toll from trying to grow a blog in the sea of blogs is the number one reason why bloggers quit.
  • Running out of ideas on what to blog about, not knowing what to do about their blog and a hectic lifestyle add themselves to the steamy cocktail to make it more challenging.




Don’t Become A Statistic

We all want a successful blog, but the difference between success and failure lies in doing the needful to succeed.

Success in general, regardless of the area it is in life, requires dogged discipline and consistency. It requires applying the right strategies and sticking with it for the long haul. People don’t become successful by giving up too soon.

I know that there’s a huge difference between saying “be patient and keep going”, and the reality, but with a pragmatic approach, your blog can survive and thrive. It need not become a statistic.

Methodical Approach

  • Have a rock-solid Blogging Why. The why of your blogging is the reason that will keep you going and when you feel like giving up, focus on your WHY. Your Why must be continually self-affirming and before your eye’s.
  • When you’ve got ‘Why’ create How’ to back it up.   Set specific goals that are completely within your control, and don’t give up until you’ve accomplished that goal. This is how you make a successful blog.
  • When things get difficult, which is a certainty, take a step back, exhale and look at what your priorities are.  Are you able to cut back on your frequency of posting to once or twice a week until you can get a handle on things? It’s certainly better to scale back than to give up completely.
  • If you feel stressed or a burnout, take the time to refresh. Don’t go on a guilt trip.  Feeling guilty will only create more tension about it.
  • Search for inspiration from others, but don’t be fooled by the appearances that they’ve got it all sorted. They too had to struggle with their website design (probably still struggling), testing different methods, making mistakes in their articles et cetera.  Cut yourself some slack, cheer others on and you’ll find support.
  • Keep your eyes away from the statistics for a while. Enjoy the process of your blogging without allowing the rise and fall of traffic to decide the value of your article. Statistics are transitory and subject to change.
  • Shift your focus from how far you have to go, to how far you’ve come in your blogging journey.

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Don’t Forget

It is difficult to believe yet, but you – yes you – are making a difference. Someone else is watching you and learning from your attempts. So, don’t give up yet. Don’t let the lack of blog traffic and the monetization efforts that are yet to yield dividends discourage you.

Short of repeating ‘be patient’ again, like Dory, just keep swimming.

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Things That Make Blogging Dreary: Yeah! I Said That.

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To Blog or To Wash

There are day’s that I equate blogging with the boring class of washing dishes or clothes. These two are not my favourite house chores and I am yet to meet anyone who’s ecstatic about them.

Why no good fellow has thought it wise to create an elegant and smart gadget that removes the clothes after a wash, irons, folds them and puts them away nicely is a question that I ask from time to time. Now that’s a good manufacturing idea for someone to tinker around with.

You might wonder why I put blogging in the same group with housework. Okay, it’s not every day that blogging falls into that status, there are days that I do find it exciting, especially when I feel my brain cells swell with knowledge, however, here are my reasons.

Blogging’s Dreary Parts

Blogging requires dedication.

Blogging requires plugging away at it week after week just like those house chores that always materialize from thin air. You simply can’t run away from doing it to keep it going consistently.

Blogging takes time and flattens your gluteus maximus.

I keep imagining that all the hours spent sitting on my glutes instead of primping and plumping them up must have its’ side effects. Some days I feel as though my bum is getting a square shape from all the hours of sitting.

Housework takes time and sets my teeth on edge.

Starting up a blog and keeping it going takes up time. You start writing a quick post and several hours later, you are still nowhere near the end of what you want to write.

The trick here is to having as many drafts as possible in your folder to help you on the days that you don’t have all the time to spare. You could also consider renting a freelance writer if it’s essential.

To succeed in blogging, you need a plan.

No, you can’t fly by the seat of your pants and expect to make it work. Not having a plan is a good recipe for not succeeding as you would like.

I find this rather annoying. Why can’t we just write and the World queues up to read the golden drops of brilliance from our revered stations as writers?

On the other hand, developing a work plan to grow your blog is not difficult, but the crucial aspect is to stick to it.

That’s the magic wand. Create a workable plan. Stick to the plan.

You need oodles and oodles for patience.  

You took all that precious time, wrote that fabulous post of yours with your life’s blood used as ink. You edited, polished and edited it again, then you hit the publish button. Hours, Days, Weeks, squeak…no one is reading it. You could have probably used that time to bake several loaves of bread, you mutter.

Why is no one reading it? You could have sworn that your article is a piece vying for a Pulitzer, but the truth is that starting out your blogging journey is lonely and readers take their time to latch on.

Your mother and possibly your sister who you coerced with pancakes from IHOP’s are the only ones’ reading it and there are days that they may forget to cheer for you.

Don’t Quit

Whatever the case is, don’t stop blogging. Don’t quit on your blog.

People have many reasons for not blogging. Some worry about exposing their vulnerability as one of their reasons.

For me, no matter how square my bum gets or as dreary as plugging away on the blog might become, I would choose to do it over and over. It’s a faithfully satisfying love affair.

So tell me, what’s your dreary reason?

Guide to Choosing The Perfect Blog Name.

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Guide to choosing the perfect blog name

What’s in a name? 

Choosing the perfect name for your blog is crucial and should be given critical consideration before setting up that site.

I remember as a newbie blogger, how many names I fiddled with before I started my first blog and when I finally got weary of delaying launching it, I took off with a cooking pot and twisted tales.

I love the uniqueness of the name, however, in retrospect, does it really portray what I want? Did I spend enough time choosing a name for my blog?

I’ve received emails and offers from people selling pots, kettles, and pans as well as people with lewd tales and since this is not what my blog is about, it might entail rebuilding the brand sometime in the near future. This brings the pertinent question below to mind.

Why is giving a name to a website such a difficult and important aspect?

Choosing your blogs’ name is like choosing a name for your child, because once you assign a name to it, it becomes the future of that person or thing.

Therefore, you’ve got to choose carefully since it’s a name that would stick for a long time and plays a role in determining its’ success. It’s the name that the readers see first and it definitely guides their perception of your blog from the onset.

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Qualities of a good name

  • Readable – is it a name that’s easily pronounced?
  • Concise – how descriptive is it?
  • Unique – is it original?
  • Spellable – can someone spell it after hearing it?
  • Memorable – is it easy to remember?
  • Meaningful – what image, thoughts does it convey?

As a newbie, while making such decisions, we often have to deal with key questions like:

  • Should I use my name for my site?
  • Should I use descriptive common words like art, blog, tech, fashion…?
  • What is my niche or what should my niche be?

Thoughts to have in mind when reflecting on a blog name.

1. Avoid using your personal name for your blog except it’s your personal journal. Using your name reduces the chances of creating a niche brand and authority blog.

Assuming you want to extend your business reach within a space of time which is a common case, it’s tougher to tackle this when your blog is a personal one.

Secondly, down the line you might want to sell your blog, it would be difficult to market when your blog bears your personal name.

There’s nothing wrong with having your blog named after you, just bear your goals in mind as you make your choice.

2. Take a pen and paper and list as many names that come to your mind as possible. Eliminate those names that don’t serve the purpose that you have in mind such as:

  • the goal of your blog and your blog’s tone.
  • reaching your target audience
  • is it unique and will it stand the test of time?

3. Avoid using trademark names. Using other people’s trademark name could cause legal conflicts that you don’t want. Consult the Trademark page in Wikipedia for more information if you are in doubt.

4. Research similar blogs that you like and search for availability of names. You could use Knowem for username search.

5. Use descriptive words and you can use Thesaurus.com to search for relevant keywords, synonyms, antonyms that are suitable for your blog. Use them to make phrases and see how you like it.

6. Avoid unduly lengthy blog names.

7. Go for preferred .com domain names and don’t use .net, .info and other not so famous TLDs’ (top-level domain).

Now that you’ve gone through the hoops and probably made your choice, you would need a Domain name Registrar to register your blog/website.

The process of checking for domain name availability and registration is simple and every notable domain registrar charges a nominal annual fee for registration.

In conclusion, there’s no single way to choose a name and no one can tell you the right name for your site.

You could take other people’s suggestions into consideration but the decision stops with you. These are just tips to help guide your thought process and I hope that you find it useful. We would love to hear how to came up with your blogs’ name.

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Find Your Unique Blog Voice In 9 Steps

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Your Voice

Your blogs’ unique voice will strengthen your brand and focus. Your voice is that feeling, thoughts, emotions, reactions, that your writing evokes in your readers’ which causes them to internalize and personalize the content that they’ve read while trying to build a persona behind the author of the blog.

To find your voice is something that certainly takes time. It’s not a rush job. There will be many oscillations, but with practice, you will get better at it and it will flow far more naturally.

In order to truly connect with your readers’ and to build your desired community, you’ve got to do it your own way, in your own style but bearing your readers’ in mind.

Your blog is not all about you. If it’s just about you, then you wouldn’t be thinking of how to grow your audience. You’ll be just fine writing your thoughts on your bedside journal for no one else to read. In as much as your blog may represent many aspects of your thoughts and life, it by no means has all the nuances of your complicated persona which is why it’s also a separate and unique entity.

For the long-term growth of your blog, you’ve got to set a solid foundation. Blog your passion with purpose, with clarity and in your own voice.

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How to find your voice

Who is your ideal reader?

When you are writing, at the back of your mind, you have a picture of who your anticipated reader is. Who is this your ideal reader? Once you are able to figure this out, you are more positioned to approach your writing each day with purpose without sweating over the thought of how to say what you want to say.

Take a minute and think in this general direction depending on what your blog style is.

Who is your ideal reader for the post – male or female, age bracket, status: single, married, divorced…

Do they have children or not? Are they working? Do they have expendable cash? Do they have free time? What are their challenges?

This is just an exercise to help you understand your reader a bit better. It would not be precise but helps to build a picture of an audience.

Write Daily

Writing daily stimulates your creative thinking that even when you are not writing, that part of your brain that dissects your writing material keeps working.

It’s not necessarily material that you are going to publish that you need to write every day since you probably don’t publish daily. Create a habit of emptying your thoughts on paper or wherever suits you best even if they are just a jumble of words, just write them.

Over time, it will become a part of you and those jumbled words of yours might even turn into an interesting read.

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Give Your Blog Some Personality Attributes

Take a little time to brainstorm on at least 10 personality attributes that you would like your blog to have, then narrow it down to 3 or most 5 key attributes that would represent your blogs’ voice. Each time you write, you would likely find a consistency with these attributes. For example:

If your blog is a lifestyle blog does it come across as open, sincere, heartwarming, friendly, passionate, sensitive, vulnerable, humourous, personal, relatable?

If your blog is health blog does it come across as conciliatory, attentive, advisory, helpful, humane?

These are just examples to help your direction of thinking as per your blog’s personality attributes.

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Be Authentic, Be Original

Please avoid bland writing that leaves your personality at the door of your thoughts. This would be selling you and your readers’ short. When you leave your personality out of your writing, you will sound strange and like someone else entirely.

You may have people who inspire and influence your thoughts with their writing, however, don’t run the risk of sounding like them. You’ll just be a poor copy. The same way your unique individuality applies to you as a person equally applies to your blog.

One of the early struggles of starting out writing is the attempt to fit your posts into a mold of what ‘makes an excellent’ blog post; using bold titles, finding the right title, using bullet points, SEO etc.

The temptation to follow rules overrides the impulse to write one’s unfiltered thoughts. By all means, use good rules of making your writing clear, watching your grammar and spellings, but don’t over-filter your thoughts.

Review your popular posts

If you’ve blogged for a while, there are those posts that resonated highly with your audience. Take some time to dissect them. What was on your mind when you wrote it? What mood were you in and what message did you want to convey? What type of vocabulary did you use? Was it a formal or informal style of writing?

You might be surprised at the amount of lessons that you would learn from this simple exercise and the takeaway from this is to imitate your success.

Have a message or purpose

Every blog post out there has an underlying message, even photos – which are known to speak a thousand words. Your post has an underlying message or purpose. What is it? Keep your focus on that message that you are trying to pass on so that your reader can find it and connect with it or with you – the voice behind the purpose.

Pretend

Pretend that you are not writing to the huge wide world of the blogosphere. Think that you are just writing a letter to that one ideal reader – we pointed out – at the beginning and just write as yourself. Who you are now!

Better still, pretend this is a conversation with one person, where you are saying your mind. This way, you cut out all the self-protective façade and mirrors people tend to put up in front of a large crowd and you’ll find the authenticity in your writing.

Think of how you would be narrating what you want to say as if the person is right there with you.

Please note that authenticity is not synonymous to hateful speech. Displeasure in thoughts could be expressed without denigrating your writing.

Don’t be afraid to ask others for feedback

This is the part most of us don’t like – asking for feedback, but I’ve learned that getting constructive feedback from others is priceless and far more valuable than our ego that tends to stand in the way.

When not sure of what you wrote, ask someone whose opinion you value. It may not be the cheerful all clear green light that you would like to have, but there could be useful nuggets of advice in the feedback.

Now you’ve found your voice

The thing to remember is that your writing is not for everyone, would probably annoy the heck out of some people but you will create a more dedicated readership.

Once you’ve found that voice that belongs to you, you’ll find that your readership engagement increases/changes for the better and helps you to build a sustainable blog in the long run.

Over to you. What does your voice sound like? Is it unique or are you still trying to find it? If you find this post helpful, please share so that others will benefit from it. Check this link for more blog tips.

 


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An Effective Poll Adds Value To Help Build Your Blog

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Do You Use Polls?

There’s a reason why businesses run periodic polls/surveys because it helps them understand the demographics of their customer base and needs and ultimately helps them make strategic business decisions. Polling could save them from certain vulnerabilities, prevent threats to their business and boost their business immensely. It delivers valued feedback.

You might be wondering what your blog has to do with running a survey or poll if you are not selling any product? To state it succinctly, from the onset, you should think and treat your blog/site as your business even when you are not yet selling any tangible item. You are trading your words for attention/readership of an audience.

You are also showcasing your words perhaps for talent hunters and when you think of it from this perspective, it helps you refocus your thoughts on the significant ideas that could be the building blocks of your blog, it could also help you to know the weak links on your blog. The responses of your readers from a poll could yield many leads to topics to look into or write about. As a matter of fact, this post on polls emanates from a question asked by a reader – so, I’m taking a cue from that, thank you, Idle Muser 🙂

Polls are a great way of interacting with your audience and certainly enhances your blog. It holds the advantage of being inexpensive to run online because WordPress.com and WordPress.org already come with built-in survey features ‘PollDaddy,’ and adding it to your blog is pretty easy.

Polling helps to describe the characteristics of the survey population and the anonymous nature of the survey allows your respondents to offer more candid, unambiguous and valid answers.

To create a poll on WordPress.com

To add a PollDaddy poll to your post or to a page, just click on the Add Poll icon above the editor.

Add Poll

If it’s your first time of using the poll, you’ll be prompted to create or to import an account by WordPress.com. Just choose your options and follow the instructions presented to you.

After you’ve created your account, create your new poll and configure it to suit your needs then click save poll button to save your options.

You will see a message appear at the top indicating that the poll has been created. Click on the Embed Poll button to insert the poll into the post or the page that you want.

Poll Created

You can also create a poll to stay on your sidebar if it’s something you want to keep for a lengthier time.

To add a PollDaddy poll to your sidebar you use a Text Widget. Go to Feedbacks then to Polls from your dashboard where you’ll see a list of all the polls you have created. Choose the right poll that you want on your widget then click on the Embed & Link button.

Copy the entire code that appears in the Shortcode field  then paste this code into a new Text Widget for your sidebar from Customise – Appearance – Widgets. You can choose the place where you want your poll to appear by using the reorder button to place it where you want it.

When adding a poll to your sidebar, you may need to change the style to Narrow so that it fits properly. Simply click on PollDaddy styles and choose Narrow from the options, Wide, Medium, and Narrow.

To create a poll on WordPress.org

If you use a WordPress.org you would need to install your poll plugin on your self-hosted site from your back-end.

You could install PollDaddy to get access to the same features or you can choose another plugin that you like.

Here’s a little poll for you

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These Are The Reasons No One Reads Your Blog. 11 Little Tips To Change Things.

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 Reasons why no one reads your post


As a writer cum blogger, we all know how much effort and time it takes to craft your words, curate your images, tag, categorize, primp, polish and publish courageously, only for you to sit back satisfied, twiddling your thumbs anticipating a deluge of comments from expected readers, but, gasp and with a lump in your throat, no one hits that like button or even leaves a smiley face behind. It could dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

The situation is tougher when you are just starting out with your blogging or writing passion and you need that validation that comes from others – of course, your few good buddies and mom would probably support you, woe betide them if they don’t, but we all do need that extra validation because we are social beings, so spare yourself the rhetoric of ‘I’m writing for myself,’ and let’s get to the cause.

  • Your Entitlement Thinking

Yes, you heard me right. We all have our egos’ and at the back of a writer/blogger’s mind is the belief that our awesome, compelling writing is the next best thing after chocolate, coffee, and cakes – yet no one is reading this awesome writing even after you’ve done all the things that you think are right.

We simply fail to remember that everyone else is busy getting on with their awesome writing and no one owes us an iota of that attention which we feel entitled to.

We must always realize that their time which they give to us is a privilege and when we get rid of our entitlement mindsets, we are less burdened with thoughts of expectations that don’t belong to us and we free our minds to greater possibilities which include getting more creative and leaving our glorified pedestals behind while we engage with others and build a community around us.

One book that I am glad I read and still refer to often is ‘How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life from non-other than the leadership expert John C. Maxwell.

Tenets grasped from this book has helped me immeasurably.

  • The idea that since you built a blog, they will come

You just set up your brand new blog and you think it’s a soccer pitch where fans gather in their thousands. Well, breaking news, blogging is a different game. It’s a butt flattening, finger tapping, elbow greasing, mentally demanding exercise and the rules are different. Your new blog is not going to start gaining loads of visitors overnight or even in several nights.

You’ve got to create enough content which would open inroads to your blog through search engines. Your content is your invitation to treat. You’ve got to build credibility as a reliable source of information as well as building your audience, so whoever told you that blogging or writing is an easy road to quick pickings is lying to you, however, if you stick to it, it would be worth its while at the end.

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  • Your site is not useful

Many take up blogging for various reasons, but I have commonly heard/read others say that their purpose for starting a blog is to work on their writing, promote their published work, showcase their talent etc. At the bottom of this list of purpose’s is the forgotten reader who would form part of your target audience should he/she find something that retains their attention.

There are millions of talented writers/bloggers and other creative people out there in today’s frenetic pop culture world, and the only way to carve a niche is to stand out. Be useful to your audience so that they become your repeat customers.

Give out tutorials, free tips, worksheets,  e-books, even services etc. Promote others. People appreciate those who promote and help them to grow.

Make your posts count in some way. Whilst crafting your post, bear two things in mind:

The purpose of your post and what a reader takes away from it.

Of course, there are blogs that exist for the mere pleasure of writing personal journal’s, but my underlining question is ‘what is the long-term goal for your blogging ambition?’

Remember that by the time that you’ve honed your skills and published a book or two, the audience that you built would probably be your first customers and help to generate some growth for your blog.

  • You are inconsistent

Are your posts inconsistent and sporadic that no one is able to figure out when next they will read from you? Even when you do attract an audience and after a while, you are not posting regular engaging articles, they will lose interest and move on. This is a highly fluid and competitive existence, sadly.

Your frequency and consistency count. No, you don’t have to publish a thousand posts every day, besides, no one has time for all that, but consistency counts even if it’s one post per week. Create a schedule and keep to it.

  • Your writing sucks 

The quality of your post highly depends on the quality of your writing. An article that lacks clarity and filled with grammatical errors is tiresome to read. Sentiments aside, tackle grammar and spelling issues by using writing aids such as Grammarly and proofread your work before publishing. No one is above making mistakes even if you are a solid 5-star writer.

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  • Your blog is not optimized for social sharing or comments

Many times I’ve come across posts that I would like to comment on or leave a footprint to show that I visited, only to find that there are no buttons or that the buttons don’t work.

It’s imperative to add your social network buttons or a comment bar to your posts to enable your readers’ to share your content as well. This would help you to gain a new audience that you may not have been able to connect to on your own.

You should also note that publishing a post that’s been automated to share on social platforms is not enough. Publishing a post is not an end itself. You have to interact with your readers where they are and this might mean scheduling time to read other people’s’ articles, create conversation, share their work as often as you can.

Social media is a huge opportunity to grow your blog. Use it optimally.

  • Your site lacks focus and is poorly branded

Your interest is diverse and you want to write a bit about everything, which is not a bad thing in itself. I equally have an eclectic taste in reading and writing and a bag full of opinion to go with it, in fact, I’ve gotten into an argument over this topic before – I was on the side of writing whatever pleases me on my blog as against having a blog with a narrow focus that boxes you in.

However, your divergent interests and ideas may not work together on one site which is what led me to set up this blog where I could talk about specifics of – blogging, writing, photography, speaking…while my other blog is for poetry, fiction, life lessons…

The truth is that when a blog is narrowed down to certain specifics, it’s easier to keep the attention of a focused audience who already have an idea of what they want to read.

What reference points do you want your site identified with? That answer is the key to your question of what you should focus on.

Finally, if your site is one hot mess of a place, cluttered without direction, it’s visually unappealing and appears unserious. Take a bit of time to streamline your site, clean it up and keep it professional.




11 Little Tips That Make a World of Difference

  1. Rebrand your site – if need be – there is always room for improvement.
  2. Imitation is a key to success. Yes, I said it. Find out what others are doing to grow their niche and imitate them by tailoring your steps.
  3. Get your writing out there. Collaborate with others, guest post, join challenges, try videos, vlogging, podcasting advertise if need be, just keep trying.
  4. Look back at your posts that tanked. Figure out why they did so and avoid repeating the same mistakes.
  5. Use engaging photos. The world we live in is highly visual driven and this equally applies to online engagements. People like to look at interesting imagery. Avoid tagging on tacky looking photos and consider taking or creating your own pictures to avoid copyright issues.
  6. Increase your font. Some use fonts others have to squint to read. No one wants to get cross-eyed trying to read an article that is probably not that interesting. Give your words more clarity and check your errors.
  7. Promote others, you promote yourself. This is not rocket science. Find time to consistently promote others in your niche and they will stick with you.
  8. Try to make your posts useful.
  9. Make your content witty, add a bit of humanness to it, share anecdotes of your experience. People connect to some emotional engagement.
  10. Ask for feedbacks at the bottom of your post from your readers. You could even use a poll to find out what they would like you to blog about.
  11. Check your site speed. Nobody likes a slow blog and if your blog loads too slowly, chances are the reader would lose interest and move on. For WordPress.com bloggers this might be less of an issue, but for self-hosted .org sites, your loading speed counts. A fast blog is achieved by using fast servers. You can test your website with the WP Engine WordPress Speed Test. and analyze why your site loads slowly.

I hope that you find this article useful and would certainly love to hear from you about your blogging experience.

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