In July 2015, I decided that I wanted to start a blog.
And on July 13, 2015, I sat down to write my very first blog post.
It has been a crazy two months. I've learned more than I ever knew about computers, HTML, and website design - not to mention social media marketing, and networking.
But here we are, nearly 2 months to the day since I sat down to write my first blog post, introducing my family to the world. This blog has grown in ways I never expected to, and I just continue to connect with amazing people through it.
So, how are things going? I'd say pretty good.
My blog turns 2 months old in 3 days, and I have just crossed my first goal - 10,000 views.
So, as a gift to you guys I'm going to give you my top tips on how I've reached this goal so quickly.
1. Post Often
As of today, my blog has been active for 8 weeks, 3 days. As of today, and before publishing this post, I have 25 blog posts up on my blog. That's an average of 3.125 posts per week. Now, my goal is to actually up this number to, at least, a solid 4 posts per week. Not only do you need to post at the very least twice a week when you're first starting out, you also need to post good, quality, original content. I made sure to cover a wide array of topics relevant to mothers of young babies, like mine. In my 25 posts, I've covered sleep, teething, baby products, and much more. Make sure you're posting things people want to read.
Just remember: people are impatient. They want content, and if you leave them waiting weeks at a time, your blog just won't grow at the rate you want it to.
2. Utilize Social Media
Share your blog post EVERYWHERE! I have shared several posts on Instagram, but Twitter is my shining star. My first tip on Twitter is to go ahead and follow 2,000 people. Now, I don't mean go follow anyone and everyone, but at the same time, I do! Follow people relevant to your blog, but don't think too much about each individual person you're following. Not only is 2,000 a lot of people, but you can always unfollow later!
I went around and followed my favorite baby brands, and then found some awesome moms who blog, vlog, and tweet! Make sure to connect with your followers - retweet their tweets, reply to their questions, and genuinely show that you're an interested follower. Make sure to maintain an extremely frequent presence on Twitter - it moves very quickly, and it's easy for your stuff to get lost in the mix.
It's impossible to stay on Twitter ALL of the time though, and that's why you need to find a program like Hootsuite to queue up posts. My method is to post AT LEAST twice per hour. One tweet is to share someone else's blog (Yes, I do go to each individual blog, find a post worthy of sharing on my Twitter, and share it), and one tweet promotes one of my own blog posts. In the beginning, it took me several hours to queue up a single day, which was exhausting, time-consuming, and left days open where I didn't tweet once. Now that I'm getting the hang of things, I can easily knock out a day worth of tweets within an hour.
That's not to say that you should ONLY post these tweets. When you get a minute to hop on Twitter, make live tweets, and connect with live people.
So, those are really the only things I've been doing to help my blog grow to the size it has so far. I think of my blog as my own part-time job, and treat it as such - maintaining a professional attitude online.
My goals for this next month are to double my viewings - that's right, I want to reach 20k views by October 13. I also want to create a presence on Facebook.
Do you think I can do it?
Until next time,
Labels: blog, blogging, blogging tips, hootsuite, twitter