Perhaps the only reason your blog hasn’t been giving you the very kind of results you’d love to see is that you failed to create a right blogging master plan in the beginning. Blogging just like every other start-up business requires you draw a plan if you must succeed quickly.
Blogging might mean a different thing to you but to me, it turned a business the very day I earned the first buck. This post is essentially for people who want to redefine their blogs and bring it into limelight in the shortest time possible. Perhaps, the key to success is when you know the right thing to do at the right time in the right place and with the right people.
Understanding what do at the right moment will not only save you energy but also speed up progress of your business. This is exactly what you’re about to learn
Sometimes around the end of December last year, when I got a call from Joseph about how and why we should start this new blog, I wasn’t so excited because the idea of running a new blog with the existing ones and being college students looks stressful to me and got me thinking the blog might probably end up a failure.
When we later met to discuss the new blog, I was amazed when Joseph brought a list of things we have to achieve on the blog in the shortest time possible. “You must be joking” I told him. How can we achieve all these things together with our old blogs being part-time student bloggers? Then he brought out a blank white paper, a pen and he said in very convincing voice “All we need is a master plan to make it work”.
Of course the idea of drawing a plan concerning any business wasn’t new to me, but I never reasoned applying t o blogging until Joseph triggered this. I got connected with the idea instantly and we started working towards the right plan, today the result of that plan is this 8 month old Blog with a PR 3, 70 posts, Alexa rank below 50k, nearly 3000 comments and a good income. Perhaps this wasn’t the best we could have gotten but when compared to our old blogs of more than 2yrs of age, BTT is definitely a success.
We simply created the right plan for the new blog. The truth is many bloggers especially new folks fail to create the right kind of plan for their blogs; some even don’t create any plan at all. They probably just hear about blogging, buy a domain name, web host and start publishing. After several months, the blog isn’t growing, no income is flowing and they get frustrated. Most of them eventually quit, consoling themselves that making money online is a myth.
I’ll just explain three things you need to take proper good care of when planning a blog.Let’s get started with.
Too Many Rules destroy the plan
Just like the popular saying “too many cooks spoil the broth”, my version of this for bloggers is “Too Many Rules destroy the plan”. As a blogger, you’ve probably come across various books online teaching how to blog , you’ve read many inspiring posts about the success of other bloggers, you’ve mastered a lot of blogging “rules” and have applied it over time, yet no result. The reason is simple “not every rule is meant to be followed, not all rules work”.
Concurring with every rule and tip you come across on the internet will do more harm to your blog than good. What worked for Blogger A may not be the best method for Blogger B so if Blogger B sticks strictly to Blogger A rules; his blog may end up a failure. Although, sometimes it is better to replicate what others have done to get results just like they have but most times the best results are gotten even when you break the rules of PROBLOGGERS.
You must learn not to obey every rule, you must learn to create your own new working methods, you must throw away the old formulas and trying creating new ones for yourself. This way, you get to learn more, get new results and become an authority in your niche (especially if your plan works out well and no one else knows about it).
Carry out Control Experiments
This is almost the similar to the above point but with bit of difference. For you to succeed fast with your blog, you’ve sometimes make use of “the Trial and Error” while putting a backup plan in case the experiment fails. An example of this is when we wanted to get people to subscribe to this blog in the beginning, we first set up a pop form alone, but this didn’t convert so well and it was even pissing people off as we saw where exactly people were leaving the blog from Google Analytics.
After much reasoning, we came up with another experiment of trying a FREEBIE. We researched well and looking for a major problem many bloggers are generally facing so we came up with the first freebie, THE SUPER TRAFFIC RETAINING SECRETS, an eBook that explains in the simplest way, the methods of retaining traffic used by Top Bloggers.
This turned out to be a massive hit and brought out a very positive result as we were able to raise our conversion rate by 35% that week alone and since then, it has kept rising and even better when we dropped the second book “How to Start a Blog from the Scratch”
Experience Matters A Lot
It is bitter to say this but the truth is that experience counts a lot. If you don’t have any experience of blogging before, it is sometimes harder to succeed faster than the more experienced man. The more experience man has tasted all, tested many methods and definitely won’t do things the way a newbie would. But there is an alternative to this for a newbie, in place of experience, you can turn towards books and read more than just enough.
Remember that while reading various books, you will come across a lot of interesting rules, like I said earlier, not all of them will work out. You just have to be careful with the way you apply them. Some books will even present contrasting views; it is now left to you to decide which to follow or not.
Another smart way is “using” other bloggers to your advantage. Here you just have to use the power of networking to your advantage. If you have little or no experience about a particular way something is done, it is better to just make many bloggers (preferably those more experienced than you are your friends).
Develop a strong relationship with them and you can always count on their wealth of experience to succeed. Don’t be deceived, you can’t blog alone! You may the sole owner of your blog, but you can’t just blog alone because you’ll sure need the help some other bloggers to rise fast. Include this strategy in your plan and you’ll sure see desirable
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