When I started blogging I assumed that there were certain things that I either didn’t need to do or couldn’t do because my site was new. Through experiences and courses from my blogging mentor I know that The Quirk Life could’ve been successful much sooner. We live and we learn, right? One beautiful thing about the blogging world is that there are several ways that you can succeed in it. So if you’re thinking that you have to wait until you get a ton of experience before you can hit certain milestones with your blog, I’m here to encourage you to get started – TODAY. Here are 6 things that you need to do within 6 months of launching your blog.
Set up analytics. I didn’t do this until over a year after starting The Quirk Life. How silly is that?! Blogging had never been on my list of things to do but one day the inspiration just struck me. That’s a story for another day. The point is that I launched into blogging without doing a lot of research. If I had I would’ve made sure analytics was running from day 1.
When you begin reaching out to companies or other professionals about potential partnerships, they’re going to want to know your numbers. How big is your social following? How many people are visiting your website? Who is your audience? Analytics will help you get definite answers to these questions. One of the first companies that I worked with wasn’t concerned with high numbers, they just wanted to know that my site was receiving consistent traffic. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t have high numbers!
Create a content calendar. To reach milestones in life you need to have a plan. Why should your blog be any different? Posting about random topics without a strategy isn’t blogging. It’s a diary. Your blog activities should all link together for a greater goal. You have to decide what you want path you want your blog to take and that’s what you create your content calendar around.
If you’re having trouble forecasting the future of your blog, I can help you with that.
Host a giveaway. Assuming that you want people to actually know about your blog, a giveaway will definitely get you exposure. Even though they’re fun and exciting, giveaways should be thought through so that your blog reaches as many people as possible. Make sure that you pay special attention to the terms and conditions of the giveaway. And YES you need them.
Reach out for partnerships/partnerships. I was afraid to do this when I first started blogging. I didn’t have a lot of followers. My Instagram photos weren’t popping like other bloggers that I knew. But my blog mentor truly encouraged me to step out there and it worked. Not all companies are looking for people with enormous followings and a larger than life online presence. Go for it!
Create a free download. Give your readers something useful. I gave new bloggers a guide to laying their blog foundation and I posted a free “to do” list for a Spring home refresh. Those who use your downloads won’t soon forget how you made their lives easier in some way.
Create bonus for email subbies. This is specifically for your email subscribers. Give them something exclusive that the general public doesn’t have access to. People unsubscribe from email lists that don’t benefit them so make sure you let your subbies know that they’re valuable.
Lastly…make sure you read, read and read some more. Blogging is always evolving and learning new things is a must. Remember that what works for everyone else may not work for you. So be aware of the trends but don’t fall into the trap of doing everything you see. You’ll lose your passion for blogging and in turn, lose your audience from lack of authenticity.
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Until next time…