The Process + Tips for Growing a Successful Blog Part 1

When I started my blog back in 2009 I had many ideas and tools to get started with a bang. I had been studying Internet Marketing from the top experts in the industry – and a few became great friends. I have had excellent mentors that showed me how and why to do certain marketing aspects – avoiding the ones that didn’t matter.

grow-successful-blogBut, I still had to try it on my own. You can have all the education in the world, but it’s the execution that really starts your training. So today I share some of the things I’ve done to keep me on mark with my goals to getting traffic, getting subscribers, and just plain enjoying the ride!

Your mindset

This truly is where you need to start before sitting down to write out a strategy. People everywhere are trying to “hurry and get results online.” What those people don’t know, is how much patience you need to have.

Getting 1,000 visitors to your website does not happen overnight unless you know some heavy players with some huge lists. It takes a consistent and focused effort. So, if you’re planning to put up a blog and get success overnight, you’re setting yourself up for some disappointment.

Now, I don’t say that to discourage you. Instead, I’d like you to keep reading to turn that into motivation and excitement. I check my Google Analytics (free, online visitor statistic software) account every day to see what new visitors I got yesterday – what part of the world they found me from – what keywords they typed into Google to find me.

Once you get your first user comment, that spark you had turns into a small fire. Once you get your first subscriber you don’t know, that small fire gets more power. Once you have 500 visitors per month you’re well on your way. It just keeps growing in front of you and it can feel like a mini miracle at times.

Pen to Paper Time

It’s up to you to figure out what you want your blog to be about. Sometimes your main topic may change depending on the feedback you get (or lack of feedback). We need to create a brainstorming list of all the possible blog posts we could write about.

Don’t get hung up on fancy titles. You don’t have to know what exactly you’d say in the post. Just sit down and don’t stop until you have 50 blog post ideas written on paper (you can write them in your computer, but I find that pen to paper is much more effective for brainstorming).

This list will be your savior on days when you don’t feel like writing, but know it’s been a while and you’re losing visitors by not writing and keeping that consistency. Or days when you just have writer’s block and can’t think of a single good idea. I suggest sitting down and doing this exercise every 3-4 months.

Stay tuned because in my next article, I’ll share Part 2 with you. Part 2 talks about how you can find out exactly what keyword phrases people are searching for in your industry, the technical guidelines for posting plus a bonus tip that will rock your world.

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