Welcome to Day 6: How To Start a Successful Blog
Did you miss other days of the course or want them laid out neatly in a post? I've published them here for all of my readers:
- Day 1: How creating a blog can change your life
- Day 2: How to create a full-time income from blogging
- Day 3: The one blogging resource I recommend to new bloggers
- Day 4: How to grow a loyal audience + Don't make these blogging mistakes
- Day 5: How to create a blog from scratch
- Day 6: How to start a successful blog
- Day 7: Essential blogging tools I use to run a profitable blog
A successful blog consists of several different things and aims to not only satisfy a reader, but makes them want to come back regularly.
1. Provide free resources
I provide a free resource library for my readers that contains tons of free printables. By giving away free goodies, my readers are more likely to sign up for my email list. People love free stuff!
2. Email list
Jumping off of #1, starting your email list is crucial. Get started now instead of waiting years like I did! Social media will constantly be changing. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and everyone else is changing their algorithm, making it harder for people to notice your blog. You do not know what's going to change in the upcoming years. However, you'll always have complete control of your email list.
3. Make your blog easy to get around
Create categories on your blog and make it easy to get around. If you look at my blog, FITnancials, you'll notice I have everything laid out nice and neatly into finance, fitness, and travel categories. I make sure to categorize my articles when I'm writing them in WordPress.
4. Design eye-catching Pinterest images
An eye-catching Pinterest image uses bright colors (orange, pinks) and are vertical. Use clear and readable lettering, high resolution photos, and use photos that create curiosity. For example, if I were to write a post named, “10 Foods That You Think Are Healthy But Are Not”, I would include a food such as a rice cake or yogurt since people generally think those are healthy. The reader is more likely to click because they are curious to what is on the list now.
5. About me page
Your about me page is your time to shine. Give your reader the chance to get to know you, get inspired, and learn to trust you. Share your credentials, why the reader should follow your blog, and what they can gain from reading your blog.
6. Be patient
Blogging is hard, and seeing your hard work get noticed may take a month or a year. This varies for everyone, however, once you start making money and getting noticed, you'll be happy that you were patient. There's nothing like being an entrepreneur and your business taking off.
Tomorrow, we're going to talk about my essential blogging tools that I use to run a profitable and successful blog.
See you then!
Did you start a blog? If not, here is a step-by-step tutorial that will get you started on creating your blog. Remember, being self-hosted is important if you want to monetize your blog versus creating a free blog off Blogger. I tell you why this is important in the beginning of my tutorial.
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