Today I’m very excited to have a guest post from Kiesha at We Blog Better. I hope you enjoy, and without further ado….
I’ve been blogging for about two years now and during that time I’ve discovered that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you don’t know, how old you are, whether or not you’re a strong writer, what niche you blog in, etc. I could go on and add to this list, but none of those details matter – if you want to be a successful blogger, there’s only one thing standing in your way.
When I started blogging in the Christian inspiration niche, I think I had to choose one of the hardest niches to get noticed in. After all talking about God isn’t the most popular thing to most of the world. But it was my passion, so I blogged every day, diligently.
To build my knowledge, I started visiting blogging tips blogs. I wanted to build my traffic and gain more exposure – so I started commenting, I started engaging people on Twitter. Then I started guest posting and it literally changed everything.
One day I wrote a guest post for a blog and the next day I got an offer to take over WeBlogBetter.com. It was an offer that I could not refuse!
I discovered that the power of guest posting and networking with other bloggers far outweighed any other traffic building method I had ever tried.
Once I started networking and getting to know other bloggers, I came to realize that the more you help others, the more they’ll help you back – and when you least expect it, in greater ways than you could ever imagine.
The only thing standing between you and succes is: ACTION.
Anything really is possible if you just stop procrastinating and get to it. I had a blogger friend tell me that I should submit my blog to be featured by Lisa Irby – it’s something I had been planning on doing, but I just didn’t feel like I was good enough, but his encouragement gave me the confidence I needed, and just a few weeks later, my site was finally featured – completely polverizing previous traffic records on my blog.
So, it really only matters how willing you are to put all of your ideas and planning, into action. It’s easy to quit after failing at one or two things. I’ve had many opportunities to quit, but I’ve decided, I’m just going to have to do whatever takes to reach the top.
My advice to new bloggers:
Post every day
To make it easier, create a schedule of recurring series.
Comment on other blogs
On as many and as often as you can. Don’t be bound by niches – variety is a great thing.
As much as you can without sacrificing your own posting schedule.
Build your community
Reply to comments, visit the blogs of your commentators, tweet their posts and just be as helpful as you can be.
There is no such thing as overnight success, it’s usually the result of years of hard work that have finally come to fruition. It only appears like overnight success to those of us who didn’t have to put in the work.
So what’s standing between you and your success? Will today be the day you finally take action?
Kiesha blogs at WeBlogBetter.com, offering blogging tips and tricks. Sheís a writer, writing instructor, and blog consultant for small business owners. Connect with her on Twitter @weblogbetter.
January 26, 2011
Thanks for posting this! It is very encouraging.
Creating a community and getting to know other bloggers is certainly a thing that takes time but it is also the most rewarding part of having a blog
January 12, 2011
Wow, this is excellent and encouraging advice, especially for me, who still struggles with gaining traffic and Twitter followers. Thanks for sharing!
January 11, 2011
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