Maybe youâ€™ve seen me around. Maybe you havenâ€™t. In any case, I have been blogging for just around one month. During this time Iâ€™ve connected with many and enjoyed the journey.
A lot of people think thereâ€™s a secret to growing your blog fast. There are a lot of factors that come into play if you want to get more traffic, subscribers and even fans. Letâ€™s have a peek at those, shall we?
The first thing I always do when I want to learn something new is to find someone whoâ€™s already doing what I want to do. My mentor at the moment is Chris Garrett who has been immensely helpful in answering my questions.
If you want to progress faster than anyone else; get a mentor, because you will be able to ask questions and get a qualified answer. It also gives you more confidence because you can use proven effective strategies without worrying if they work.
I see a lot of bloggers running around asking the question â€œdoes this work?â€ instead of taking action. That is precious time wasted on asking instead of acting. We all do this. We want certainty, but certainty is usually pretty uncertain. The sooner you get started, the more youâ€™ll learn and if you have a mentor thatâ€™s a plus.
Finding Your Voice
One of the reasons blogging takes so long is because it takes time to find your voice. Until youâ€™ve discovered who you truly are, most people wonâ€™t listen to you because you sound just like everyone else.
This is completely okay. All you have to do is keep writing and keep putting any inspiration you get to use. If you keep at it long enough and have an open-mind, you will find your voice and you will start attracting the right people.
I am not saying that I have completely found my voice. I see it more as a journey. We are all on the same path. Some of us are further along than others. The important factor is to be consistent and keep writing. You will run into frustrations for the rest of your life, so keep your eyes on the long-term.
I was lucky, because I have been writing on and off since I was a kid. My voice is good, but not quite there yet. My strategy for improving my own voice is to listen to any inspiration I get and keep writing the best I can while being myself.
If youâ€™re familiar with my writing, you know that I talk about passion a lot. Itâ€™s essential if you want success with fulfillment. You can chase money if you wish, but thereâ€™s a big chance that after a while youâ€™ll feel empty inside.
Money is just a symbol for value. It is meant to be used. To be exchanged. I used to have this goal of having millions in the bank. I believed that when I was rich I would be happy and whatever I wanted.
In the last few years this has changed and I have started to do what I want anyway. Iâ€™m following my passion and feeling amazingly awesome every single day (except when I have to wake up after 1 hour of sleep to catch a plane).
You might not know what your passion is. Thatâ€™s okay too. If you really want to find it, you will. Passionate bloggers and entrepreneurs in general are more prone to be consistent, disciplined and determined, because they love what they do.
Last, but definitely not least comes prioritization. This is where everything technical, strategic and tactical falls. I am in the less is more camp. I focus on content creation, guest posting, commenting and connecting via email and twitter.
I prioritize the list something like this:
1. Content creation
2. Guest posting
One question I get asked a lot is â€œhow do you have time for it allâ€ and the answer is I prioritize. We all have the same amount of time. You might have to work during the day, but you can still spend many hours working on your blog in the evening.
If youâ€™re not doing that, then youâ€™re probably not passionate about what youâ€™re doing. If you are passionate and just afraid, get over it and start. Itâ€™s completely worth it, even with the fear.
Seeing your subscriber count go up is all well and good, but it should not be your ultimate goal. It is just an indicator that youâ€™re doing something right. The more important aspect is how involved your readers are and how much they are connecting with you and most important of all; how happy YOU are.
If I only had to choose one way to market my blog it would without a doubt be guest posting. If youâ€™re a perfectionist and afraid of screwing up, donâ€™t be. You will never learn if you donâ€™t start taking action. You should be looking to fail as much as possible, because youâ€™ll gain experience and wisdom (think Yoda).
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