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Grow Your Blog By Helping Others

Published November 20, 2016 by nruhwald

penYou can do this in two ways. First, by supporting other bloggers by reading and engaging with their posts. Second, by using your blog to teach other people how to do things.

Be Active On Other Blogs

I’ve known about this strategy for a while, and talked about it in an earlier post on the subject, so I’m not going spend much time on it, except to say that being interested in other bloggers makes them more likely to be interested in you. Furthurmore, the more active in the blogging community you are the more you learn about things that can help you in blogging.

Things like StumbleUpon, and possibly Reddit and GoodReads, depending on what your niche is. These sites still seem rather mysterious to me, since I’m still trying to wrap my head around Pinterest and Twitter.

Help People Get What They Want

But I hadn’t considered the teaching aspect until my post offering blogging advice gained attention like crazy. At the time of this writing, it is the single most popular post I have even written.

Which makes sense, really. The vast majority of my readers are other bloggers, and they all want to know how to grow their blogs.

I’ve also noticed that pretty much all prosperous-looking blogs seem to be developed primarily to teach people. They offer courses, instructional e-books (sometimes for free in exchange for signing up to their e-mail list), infographics, and more. This includes large blogs in my niche. These ones just happen to also have a few pages about their self-published books in addition to the course material. (Most traditionally-published authors don’t tend to have this instructional element to their website, as far as I am aware.)

As someone who is not totally opposed to the idea of monetizing one day, great. As an artist, this concept gave me pause. Don’t I want to be known for my novels more than online instructionals? Don’t I want to spend time writing and not doing other things?

For me, yes this is true. I also don’t want to become one of those blogs so bogged down in ads that the blog becomes virtually inaccessible. The video pop-ups are the worst for this.

Depending on your style and what kind of blog you write, this may be true for you too. The good news is, you can benifit from the same strategy while not taking it to the same extent Mr/Ms Fancy Pants Online Tutorial does.

I’ve decided to keep up with the blog and writing tip posts. But I’m also posting more of my own fiction, because that’s primarily what I’m about.

So make use of whatever strategies out there you can, but just remember you don’t have to do it the way someone else does.

God Bless.

How to Grow Your New Blog

Published October 3, 2016 by nruhwald

My blog has officially been in existence for six months. Yay! It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve managed to slightly exceed my goal of ten new followers a month. Here’s what I’ve learned about blogging.

Make It Easy…

…for your readers. Sorry, blogging isn’t easy. Well, it’s not super hard either, but it’s not easy.

Your blog should be designed to make everything you want your readers to do as easy as possible. Basically, you want your readers to get to know you, read your material, and then share your material. The easier it is for people to do these things, the more likely they are to actually do them. So…

Tell your readers who you are and what kind of blog you’re running. Right away. Your readers should be able to tell what niche your blog falls into the instant they land on your blog. Your About Me page should be easy to get to, one click max. And you can also have a mini About Me section on your home page with a text widget.

And regarding home pages, unless you’re trying to convert your blog into a website that happens to have a blog, I don’t think you should have a static home page. Which leads me to the next point.

You should make it as easy as possible for someone landing on your blog to start reading your content. I like blogs I can start reading without having to click on something first. No static home page, no read more thingee.

Depending on what kind of blog you have, though, a “read more” tag may be right for you. But I don’t think you should present your readers with something other than a blog post upon reaching your site.

“Read More” things are good for one reason, however, they allow readers to access your content library, and makes it easy for your readers to tell what you write about. I use a “top posts” list for the same purpose.

After someone has read your material, you want to make it easy for them to like, comment, and share with as little clicking as possible. Everything should just be out in the open and available. I would also suggest you not make it necessary for readers to input their email etc before they comment. This will scare off some people, just for the nuisance factor. Or they may not want to give you their information. Then you lose the chance to connect with your readers. That’s bad.

Community is your friend

The other bloggers are not your competition. For now, they will be your primary audience. Further down the road, partnering with other bloggers will allow you to increase your reach. Guest posts and whatnot.

Reblogs are similar to guest posts, but they are a bit more one-sided. From what I can tell, a reblog has limited capacity to lure the audience of the blogger you are reblogging onto your site. However, you will earn huge brownie points with said blogger, which are also valuable. They will definitely notice you, and may be more likely to return the favor.

Surprisingly enough, the best way I’ve found to generate interest in my blog is to behave like a rational human being. Be social.

Read other people’s blogs, “like” posts, and comment. Improving someone else’s stats won’t hurt you. A great way to generate interest in your blog is by showing interest in someone else’s blog. When someone goes through my blog and “likes” every post they come across, I think: “wow, this person obviously has great taste. I wonder what their blog is like?”

I’ll definitely visit them. If I like their stuff, I’ll “like” and perhaps comment. I may even follow them. Plus it’s really interesting to read what other people write.

Proofread

I cannot say it enough. Proofread a million times. Especially if you have a writing blog, you must prove you can write before anyone will take your work seriously. You want to be taken seriously.

What tips would you give to new bloggers for growing their blog?

 

 

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