Blogging. I’ve been doing it for over four years now, and I’ve been earning an income from it for the past three years. It’s changed so much from when I first started – it changes and evolves almost constantly. When I first started blogging, I had no idea about SEO, Domain Authority, or anything like that. I would just sit at my laptop, write and hit publish. Now there is so much more to think about.
There are so many of us out there, all with a very similar goal in mind: to earn money doing something we love. Long term, I want my blog to be my job when Benjamin is at full-time school so that I am always around to pick them up, be there for sports days and assemblies and not have to work for someone else. That means doing everything I can to make sure my blog is a success, even the boring bits.
Write Good Quality Content
Making sure your blog is successful is about being able to write good quality content. That is the most important part of it, without a doubt. You have to write content that people want to read, otherwise, what is the point? It doesn’t have to be beautiful writing – I don’t write anything that is particularly deep but I write content that people find useful, such as my Meal Planning Monday posts. They are some of my most read posts, alongside some product reviews. I also find that posts that are slightly controversial or give my thoughts about something do well, such as my post about why I will never promote or support multi-level marketing companies. Sometimes they provoke a bit of a reaction from people who disagree, but hey, it’s good for views, right?
Make Blogging Friends
Making friends in the blogging world is so important. It can be such a lonely job, and unless you do it, you have no idea what it really involves. Join blog groups and make friends. They don’t even need to be in your niche – just as long as they support you. More than two years ago I found my blogging besties. I can’t even remember how we managed to come together, but they’re now so much more than ‘blog friends’ – they are my best friends. We live all over the country from each other – with one living the other side of the world, but we support each other, pass on opportunities, pick each other up when we are down and support each other, both in blogging and in life.
Outsource & Get Professional Advice
Learning to outsource and ask for help is something which lots of bloggers, including myself, find tricky. My blog is my baby, and so I feel like as it’s mum, I should be doing everything. Sometimes though, you do need a little help to take the pressure off or to help your blog grow. More and more bloggers are turning to VA’s (virtual assistants) to do the little jobs that can take up so much time – making pinnable images, scheduling social media, checking for broken links etc. SEO (search engine optimisation) is also a huge part of blogging now and is something that many people struggle with. I’ve managed to pick up the basics, although next year, I’m looking into getting some professional advice about it. One person who can help out with SEO is Dan Anton. His website, Rank Crew, helps people out with SEO tips and building up quality backlinks, which we all know helps with your domain authority. It’s definitely something I am going to look at next year to try and help take my blog to the next level.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Comparison is the thief of joy. Or something like that, right? It can be really hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers. You might see other bloggers getting opportunities that you were passed up for, reaching dizzying heights with their DA or having more views than you. I’m terrible for doing it, which is why I left blogger ranking systems. Seeing other, something newer bloggers leapfrog over me up the charts was having a really negative effect and it was ridiculous. Ranking systems and even DA and views can be easy to manipulate if you know how – it doesn’t mean their blog is any better than yours. Concentrate on what you are doing and focus your time and attention on making it even better.
What are your top tips for blogging like a boss?