|Getting Readers On Your Blog Isn't as Hard |
As It Seems When You Know How
1. Pick a niche.
Just as Balescene is a blog revolving mainly around technology and social media, your blog needs to be about something.
That may sound obvious, but you wouldn't know how many people have blogs about, well, nothing.
Pick something you're passionate about, or something you can't stop thinking up topics for. Once you have a niche, you can move on to your next step.
2. Post on fifty blogs matching your niche.
Fifty might sound like a lot, but the main way to get recognized is to get your blogs name out there.
Find at least fifty or more blogs that pertain to what you like, and post a comment. Don’t post something like “Good work!” or “Check out my blog!” because people won’t pay attention to those comments, and you won’t be taken seriously.
Write down whatever thoughts are in your head as your reading it. Be constructive, but don’t be afraid to disagree. Chances are, longer comments draw more attention and look professional, and people out there who have the same opinion as you will be more inclined to check out your other work.
Tack on a signature; something like “Amy Bales, www.balescene.blogspot.com” and remember to keep it simple, yet tasteful.
3. Make your posts interesting.
This may seem like another obvious suggestion, but it’s an important one.
Blog posts need to stay on topic so readers stay interested. Pick a topic, write all the detail you need, and publish it. Don’t go on a tangent with too many with stories and side notes, because people are looking for information, and usually will lose interest.
As long as you’re staying close to your niche topic in a post, readers are usually pretty open minded.
4. Promote, Promote, Promote.
Whether it’s Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media, the more your brand is out there, the more people will hear about it.
Get a Google+ and make a page promoting your brand, and make sure to send it out to all your circles. When you set up a Facebook page, promote it and keep it updated with new information. Tweet often about current trending topics and watch your followers grow.
Don’t over do it, but the more people who see your name, the more people you’ll get checking out your site. Use your link in your signature everywhere, and never forget to add it in before you post anything.
It's like advertising a business, and putting effort into this could help you later on.
5. Write with your own voice.
Everyone has their own voice in writing, and the best writers express it in all their works. Instead of thinking about how you’re typing for the whole internet to see, create your ideal reader in your head.
Think about your target audience; their age, gender, and personality. Imagine a person matching that description in your head. Give them a name and a short biography, and make them seem real.
Now when you go to write, sit down and pretend your writing a post directly to that person. Talk comfortably, like how you would with friends, and relax when writing. Chances are, your writing will noticeably improve, and writing will feel more natural for you.
I’m not guaranteeing you to get a plethora of new readers, or even overly improved traffic; but if you do these things, you have a better chance of getting noticed.
Your blog or website's success is directly based on your input to it; how much time and effort you spend each night will show. Nobody ever said it was easy to get an award-winning blog, but it’s definitely not impossible either.
If you have a blog, what ways do you use to bring in subscriptions? What ways do you recommend?
Tell me in the comment section below, along with any other questions you have. Oh yeah, don't forget to subscribe to my RSS feed! (as seen on the right above "Blog Archive")