I am in my fifth week of blogging and every day I learn something new about it. Professor Bill Belew, the King of Social Media is guiding us in our mission to be a professional blogger. It was very tough in the beginning as I am completely new to writing and had a ton of questions bugging me and how I wish I had all the answers to them before I began my journey into blogging. I eventually grasped some these concepts and did figure some answers out, but yet to master them.
Question 1 – How do I kick start my blogging?
Picking a topic was a nightmare in the beginning, then I started to think. What is success to me? Is it Money or Fame? Or is it being known as a great blogger, and top notch companies trying to chase me to write on their sites? This made me interested and I picked a topic which I am very fascinated about. It is a lifestyle blog and talks about fashion, fitness with nutrition and home decor. I also write about some niche topics on body and mind.
Question 2 – How frequent should I blog?
Initially, I was under the impression that writing a 600-word essay daily on a lifestyle topic is a tedious task. I found it so interesting over the past weeks that I can probably crank that out in 20 minutes. Surprised? For sure. Blogging every day gives me a leverage over other newbie bloggers who don’t publish their articles daily. It is difficult for me to write every single day so I started to schedule daily posts ahead of time. Gosh.. how I wish I knew this before. This made my life a lot easier on managing my full time job and my blog.
Question 3 – How do I generate traffic to my blog?
This million dollar question drove me crazy in the beginning. I was all focused on writing great content and letting SEO do its magic and it will automatically get visitors to my blog. I was so wrong. I learned that being active and posting on other random blogs similar to my topic is so crucial in making waves. Being connected with great bloggers on Facebook, Twitter or other social media is also very much required. Not everyone is blessed with the right connections, but a genuine effort needs to be made. This is the essence of marketing. It also helped in writing guest posts on their blogs. I was a little late in the game, but by week 3, I started writing guest posts on other lifestyle bloggers from Russia, Europe and Australia. I also take time to respond to my readers and appreciate their comments. This way, I can make them feel invited and to keep visiting my blog. It’s better late than never, right?
Question 4 – How can I make money from my blog?
This is an interesting question as I am not yet there. To make money through advertisements or affiliate links is not a joke. I need to create a tremendous amount of traffic to get paid for that. Majority of bloggers will lose hope as the traffic is just not enough. Monetizing my blog directly by selling products is also not in my mind. The best deal I can think of and what I learnt is to write my blog with real original content. This way, I can be hired as a consultant or do some freelance blogs for major companies. Taking a few tips from Professor Belew and with the right amount of luck on my side, I hope my strategy works. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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