I admit, starting a new blog can be overwhelming, especially for new bloggers. For older bloggers that have fairly succeeded with one blog, it’s a lot easier to take things in gradual effective steps. For the new guy, it can be confusing what and where to focus your efforts on. You don’t want to spend your time doing things that are rather irrelevant for your blog growth, and neither do I. On this post I want to share some helpful tasks you should start taking on your blog to get it off the all-new blog stage. I’d like to add that none of these steps will give you instant results. However, taking them as small but sure steps and having some fun doing it, will “surely” pay off on the long run. Long term results do pay off better than the quickie. I gradually took most of these steps when I started blogging from my mobile phone, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to keep up with. If you are running a corporate blog to promote an existing business, your approach could differ slightly but you can still make something out of this.
Write a good number of unique posts
You don’t want to start boring your new visitors with what they are probably used to reading. There are already a good number of junks for blogs out there. The moment you invite people to read your new blog, the likely thing that comes to a potential visitor’s mind is, “let’s see what you’ve got to offer.” You don’t want to wreck that chance by churning up same old stories and selling yourself short. Take your time to make a good first impression. Give your blog a purpose from start. Take a sub-topic and ‘kill’ it on your blog like no one else has.
Find and Install useful plugins/gadget and worry-less
When I was yet new to blogging, I spent more time adding gadgets and tweaking my blog template. It just never get’s perfect enough. Unless you decide to hire a designer to design your blog and add the necessary tools to taste, you are likely to get caught up playing with gadgets and plugins. Here is something you should note; no one is looking for a perfectly designed blog with beautiful animation and fancy looking add-ons, unless for web or graphic designers looking for inspiration and ideas (these aren’t really you ideal blog reader). People are looking to be informed, encouraged, entertained and/or to be involved. What you need is to install the plugins or gadgets that will help you grow your blog and concentrate on meeting one or more of the above people-needs. Devote a whole weekend (not necessarily a weekend) to finding and incorporating the right tools to your blog and worry less about it. Then as your blog grows, you can get more creative on it. For blogger/blogspot users here is a post I wrote on important tweaks to make on your new blog. For my wordpress friends, I found this interest list of wordpress plugins for new blogs. Though I don’t use all the plugins in the list here on blogmobilepro, I find a couple of the tools worth having.
Find 2, 3 or more successful blogs in your niche and Start commenting
Commenting on successful blogs in your blogging niche is a nice way to feel like you are a part of something bigger than your baby blog. There are several benefits to it. Other bloggers in your niche get to visit your blog and learn about you. You also use the medium to find other likeminded bloggers in your niche. If the blog has a large amount of traffic, a fraction of it may pass on to your young blog and you’ll feel loved. Using this method, you don’t have to be haphazard at it. Pick a few and be consistent on them until you get noticed. Who knows what good it would do your blog in near future?
Find 2, 3 or more smaller blogs in your niche to network with
The big bloggers don’t have time for your blog. They can always be doing something more productive than read from an amateur blogger. So you shouldn’t expect them to return the favor of commenting on their blogs (there could be exceptions though). It’s the little and not-so little guy like you that will care to. You don’t have to wait for them to find you. Go find them and return favors. Of course you shouldn’t expect everyone to think alike, so be sure to meet those who don’t care (but I think most would).
Register and participate on relevant forums
This was the method I used to build my first blog and it was so effective. I haven’t implemented this step for this blog (yet), but it was super effective on my other blog (it could depend on your niche may be). Here is a previous post I wrote on how to make the best of forum traffic.
Look for where other bloggers in your niche gather and join the discussion
This one could be similar to commenting on large blogs but it shouldn’t end with blogs. Facebook group is a nice place to meet bloggers with similar interest as you. Search for groups on facebook relating to your blog niche, find the active (or fairly active) ones and be a part of it. There are others like membership site and all but I do this more on facebook. Note: if you join a group to realize that it’s not the right place for you, walk away. Don’t let your sentiments get the better of your.
Read from other bloggers and ask questions often
Last but not the least step is to never stop reading and learning about blogging and your blog niche. Whatever question you may have about blogging or your blog subject, there’s always an answer somewhere. You just have to go get it.
These are some of the little steps I took and still take to build my first blog with 4500+ subscribers, 3000+ daily pageviews and monthly income I live on, and at the early stage, I did most of it from my mobile phone. What little steps do you take to build a better blog? I’ll enjoy reading your comments as much as I did writing this post.