Blogging – Secrets to Success

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”.
Albert Einstein

You’re fired up and itching to get started on your blogging journey. This is it; this is the career you’ve always wanted! All you have to do is sign up to WordPress and start typing…

Easy there lovely, there are a few things that need attending to first! Like you, I could not wait to delve into the blogging world. I had no idea what I was doing and was literally writing about random things, from small adventure trips around Sydney, to product reviews, to skin care tips, to general things such as new years resolutions… there was NO consistency or no planning whatsoever.

I want you to know the game before you play it. Developing a successful blog doesn’t happen overnight. You need to put in the time, patience, research and dedication for it to succeed.

Here is my top ten tips for preparing your blog before you publish it.

1. Discover Your Niche

What are you passionate about? What are you interested in? What are you good at? What do you like to do in your free time?

The key word that I want to focus on is passion. Brainstorm ideas on what you would enjoy writing about. Finding something that you are passionate about will keep you motivated and eager to come back for more.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking:

  • Nutrition/Diet
  • Recipes
  • Fitness
  • Photography
  • Gaming
  • DIY
  • Lifestyle
  • Travel
  • Literature/Books
  • Beauty
  • Parenting
  • Product Reviews

The crazy thing about blogging is that you can literally write about anything!

2. Name Your Blog

Simple and sweet wins the race. Creating a name for your blog that is simple, yet catchy will leave a lasting impression on the reader. They will be intrigued and will be more likely to remember your blogs name.

3. Create Your Business Strategy

What are your goals? What are you hoping to get out of your blogging journey? What are you willing to spend? What will be your budget?

If you want your blog to be successful, you need to be asking yourself these type of questions. You need to know what your strategy is. You need to treat your blog as a business and set long term/ short term goals, keep track of expenditure as well as income.

Creating yourself a plan will allow you to develop the essential foundations in order to allow your blog to flourish!

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4. Social Media is Your Key to Success

Social Media is the gateway to the internet. It will enable your blog to receive higher levels of exposure and consequently generate more traffic to your blog.

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest or YouTube, find a couple of these that work for you and that will benefit the growth of your blog.

Social media will enable you to build anticipation for your posts and will keep readers loyal and wanting more!

5. Design Your Blog!

You have your topic, you have your blog name and your business strategy. Your building blocks are all set and now it’s time to create!

There are many user-friendly hosting sites that make it easy for any beginner blogger to start their own blog. For example, there is: Blogger, Shopify, WordPress.com, Wix, and SquareSpace.

For my blogging journey, I personally have chosen to work with WordPress.com. It is incredibly easy to use and there are a tonne of tutorials online on how to navigate it.

6. About me and Contact Pages

Introduce yourself to your readers. This is an important set to help your readers know what content they can expect from you. It also offers an opportunity for you to build a relationship with the readers. They are able to get to know you a little and find ways that they can relate to you with.

Additionally, create another page that will enable readers to contact you if they have any inquiries.

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6.  Write Your First Post!

Here is the daunting part. Sometimes the hardest part about blogging is taking that first step. Just do it! You will feel a great sense of accomplishment once you press that publish button, trust me.

7. Increase your content

Okay, so you have your first post and you’re eager to start advertising on social media… slow down a little. Before you make this step, I would recommend creating between 5-10 posts before you do this. This will increase the chances of your readers hanging around your blog longer.

8. Photography

These days you don’t need a top of the range camera to take quality photo’s. Simply having a smart phone is good enough to take blog-quality photo’s. The photos you upload onto your blog will determine whether a reader clicks or ignores your post. Take the time to take photos that will attract readers and keep them on your blogging website.

9. Interact With Bloggers

Reach out to other bloggers who write in the same niche to you. Take the time to connect, comment and join blogging groups will provide you with a great opportunity to engage with other bloggers that can give you valuable feedback, chances of collaboration and interaction. It also offers you the chance to work with an online community that will inspire and motivate you to succeed.

10. Ask a Friend

The next stage to write a blog is have a friend or family member read and review your blog. This may appear to be a little scary, but getting a fresh perspective may allow you catch any spelling errors and improve your overall writing.

You now have the top 10 ultimate tips need to get you started on your blog! Good luck! 🙂

Jess xxx

Naturally Jess Joins Twitter!

“Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.”
Matt Goulart

Follow me on twitter and I will follow you back ❤
@Naturally_Jess2

I have a confession: I have never actually used Twitter…

Last night I decided to take the plunge and open up my very own Naturally Jess account!

All last night, I have been playing around with the mechanics and testing out how it works. All I can say is, I wish I started sooner. It is so easy to use and I love how you are about to retweet amazing content. It is so easy to interact with like-minded bloggers.

As you know, social media is a key player when promoting your blog. It will enable you to extend your reach and generate more traffic. However, before jumping into the social media world you need to be smart and have a marketing plan in place.

Here is mine:

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Name: @Naturally_Jess2

Purpose of this social platform:

  • To interact and get to know other bloggers and their content;
  • To upload recent posts from Naturally Jess;
  • Upload and retweet interesting and valuable content that will motivate and inspire subscribers; and
  • Allow readers and subscribers to receive personally insight to my lifestyle.

Targeted audience:

  • All ages, beginner bloggers.

How often will posts be made?

  • A minimum of 2 per day (this includes retweets).

How many followers did you want to aim for by the end of the month?

  • 20 followers (Due to my lack of knowledge).

How many followers did you want to aim for by the end of the year?

  • 500 followers.

What do I place into each post?

  • Content that will inspire, inform and motivate bloggers;
  • links to recent blog posts;
  • relevant hashtags; and
  • images that will engage with subscribers.

Comment your Twitter username and I promise to follow you and your twitter account! Lets get talking about blogging! ❤

Have a great day!

Jess xxx