Let’s start with a disclaimer! I have nothing near 10’000 visitors per day but I do have a blog that’s been running for more than 3 years now and, once in a while, I get emails like “Hey, I read your blog & it was amazing!” (yay!). Although I do believe that there is SO much more to achieve with a blog, I’ve decided to share how far I’ve come now and how YOU can do that too! So here are my thoughts on what it really takes to build a successful blog!
What is a “successful blog”?!
We all have very different perspectives and visions. For me, a successful blog means receiving emails like the one I mentioned before, getting some daily support on social media and seeing that my blog actually means something to someone!
I’d be lying if I’d say “numbers don’t matter”. They do! It’s always very exciting to see a big peak in blog readers, notice that there are more and more readers coming back for more and some are returning pretty often! It’s exciting. And it gives a lot of new opportunities in life.
At the same time, those numbers really come from interested readers, from people who care and those who seek for your blog and your advice within it.
While the idea of how a successful blog should look like might be different for each one of us, I think we all can agree – it is damn cool to have one like that yourself!
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Before getting into the whole design part, it’s important to actually have a very trustful hosting service that won’t lose your data and leave you without your website in general… I’ve chosen Siteground since they literally have THE best customer support I’ve found online + WordPress where I can either purchase or use free themes for my blog. Although many people roll with what have on their way, it’s important to actually do a bit of research and make the right decisions since it’ll take forever to change afterward.
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What does it take to grow your blog?
That’s it. As long as you have these 4 components and you know how to tie them together in the right proportions, you’ll find your way to your readers.
I want to say that there’s literally no one who had an overnight success with their blog but I bet there actually is… Anyhow, most of us HAVE to put in some time and even more often A LOT of time to build a successful blog people will be happy to come back to.
And here’s the deal with time. In reality, for me, it took around 1 year to get consistent 100+ readers a day. And it’s considered nothing in a big guy world, believe me, but I was SO DAMN EXCITED when I made it!! While 100+ for some is nothing, for me it’s SO much. 100 unique people. Each day. Reading what I wrote. Isn’t that amazing?! True that, most likely, I couldn’t afford a living out of it but for me, it was the true satisfaction of the fact itself.
Tip #1: Understand the importance of small success! Scale it so that it seems amazing enough to celebrate!
If I’d have known some tactics I know today, maybe, I’d have grown faster. Here are some samples:
1. Write useful content, not only personal jibber jabber like “I ate great pasta today! Thank you for reading!”
2. Grow Pinterest following + add pinnable images (vertical ones) to blog posts!
3. Repurpose your old content and give it a new meaning.
4. Quality over quantity!
5. Blog posts should be around 700-1000 word long.
That’s where the dedication comes in. You already know that you’ll have to spend some time on your blog so you just HAVE to be dedicated to doing that! There is no success in any blog writing process if there’s no dedication to do that and to make it happen!
When I started growing my blog, I had just a vague idea of what I wanted out of it and even more – what I could actually GET from it. I didn’t have much intention to grow my blog and truly believe that’s one of the reasons why it took a good while to prove myself that my blog IS worth something. Later on, when I explored the whole blogging niche more, I realized that there’s SO MUCH to get, if only… I have a dedication!
That’s the moment when it was born. I inspired myself from other blogger success. Learned more about all my options. And became really dedicated to making these things work!
Tip #2: Find the inspiration that works for you! The dedication is born from the right mindset. And the right mindset can be found in inspiration!
At the end of the day, all of this is really up to you. Not money, not famous friends or crazy skills. It’s just all about the dedication! The dedication to learn, to improve, grow and be better!
This might be pretty obvious but you really need TONS of AMAZING ideas to make your blog successful! Once again, you’re not alone in this. Get some inspiration from fellow bloggers, keep your eyes and ears open, learn as much as you can, use the option to visit free webinars or online courses.
And it doesn’t have to be all about the blogging only. Ideas can arise from literally anything in your life! Whether it’s a walk on a sunny day, a book you’re reading or TV show you’re watching. Open your mind for new ideas to come!
Here are few ideas how to work around them and make them work for your blog:
- Write down EVERYTHING that seems at least a bit worth it! You can use Evernote, post-it notes or whatever else works the best for you. Not all of those ideas will be actionable right away but some may be a seed of something even better and more amazing in the future!
- Don’t set your mind to “blog post ideas” only. Learn new things and get some inspiration for your marketing, design, e-mail newsletters or literally anything else.
- Don’t be afraid of the creative rut. It happens to all of us! Get yourself off the hook, give yourself some rest and change your ways if that’s how you feel like.
Tip #3: Nourish and grow your ideas! Even the smallest thought can become a big success!
And after all really comes the patience. You have to be patient to make things happen. If you give up within a week or two, I’m pretty sure we can say that you didn’t even try. As long as you’re working and improving, it can be even as long as a year or more to get your wheel of success rolling!
Tip #4: Be patient! Don’t wait for the impossible to happen. Work on everything step by step, day by day.
When it comes to failing, remember that it’s silly to fail and keep doing what made you fail! Once again, change your ways! Listen to what your audience needs. Improve your writing skills. Seek for marketing advice. Try out new ideas. But never give up! There are SO many successful bloggers all around us. There is no reason why you can’t be one of them. Whatever this success means to you!
Let me know if you have any questions about starting and growing a blog. I’d be happy to chat more and help you out with your blog with some advice!
An additional idea for the growth of your blog
Along with building your blog, start creating your mailing list, right from the very beginning! Here’s why you should do it NOW: it takes a lot of time to build and nourish a successful mailing list but it will be time well spent! Here are the few simple steps you should start with:
- Sign up for email marketing system. I’ve always had the best experience with ConvertKit and although it requires $29/month payment, it’s absolutely worth it since their forms convert the best and it’s easy to use. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, MailterLite should be your pick!
- Come up with the idea for a free opt-in that’ll be interesting for your audience. It can be a short online course, e-book, resource list or whatever else would work the best!
- Start growing your list!