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Unless if you’re already rich and famous, every aspiring platform-builder starts out at the same spot. Although it might be discouraging to get little to no attention (traffic) for your hard work, I believe that it is actually a good thing, as I see platform building as a long, gradual learning process.
The Beginning of Better Blogging
I have been blogging for years now and I know how frustrating it gets when it feels like no one is reading your posts. So for the past 8 years I’ve been honing my skills at better blogging.
This is very common in the beginning of a blogger’s life and to be honest I still feel that way sometimes now. It all started for me in the third grade. I was so intrigued by the internet and fell instantly in love.
So what did I do?
I created my first website; I wish it was still around today to show you. It was plastered with ‘Pokemon’ and was very 1990’s when it comes to internet appearance.
My First Blog
I started blogging in the early 2000’s on a platform known as xanga, it’s different now and they actually use WordPress (I’ll get into WordPress later). This was a very coarse blog and was more of an online diary then any formal blogging you see from me today.
I then later moved to host a blog on blogger; this was focused on news and I funneling it to my social networks at the time (mostly Myspace and Facebook). That may have lasted a good six months to a year before I chose to start self hosting and ‘coding’ my own blog.
I don’t recommend this due to the load of work that is needed to research a topic, code the page, and write the post every time you want to blog. Finally in 2010 I ended up on WordPress and have been here ever since.
Ok, now for the goods.
Better Blogging Tip #1
If you have not yet started a blog and would like to; do your self a favor and pick a good CMS (Content Management System). Blogger works well but I just prefer WordPress over it (I started writing for a free blogger site a few months ago, I just can’t get into the set up).
If you give yourself a good comfortable background to start with it will allow you to be able to focus on your content. If you decide to choose WordPress please feel free to ask me questions about anything; I will be more than happy to help.
Better Blogging Tip #2
If you have read other sites you probably heard this and I would not be saying it if it was not true. Focus on your content, make it accurate, and make it awesome. This will lead to people sticking around your site and even adding it to their RSS feed.
When writing your content make sure you would want to read it; if you think it is boring then so will the people you want reading your blog. Don’t try to please everyone; I can say this from experience that once you do try, you will please no one.
On of my favorite quotes about blogging is as follows; ‘if you write for everyone, you write for no one’.
Better Blogging Tip #3
Yeah, this is where I probably shot myself in the foot over the years. I like freedom to write about anything I find interesting and that makes it hard to have a niche blog.
However, having a niche blog will increase your chances of getting higher traffic and more returning visitors. I’m not saying that blogging about anything you find interesting won’t get you followers, it just makes it much harder to do so.
Better Blogging Tip #4
If you are not enjoying the work it takes to write an awesome blog then stop; find something that will make you happy and force you to have fun. If you are not enjoying what you are doing in your free time (yes blogging is a free time thing, especially when starting out) then change what you are doing with your free time.
There is no use wasting you free time on something you hate or makes you cringe. Go enjoy your life because as long as it may seem, it is super short and not many people get to experience life to the fullest.
If you have any questions please comment them below! Also if you have any extra advice on how to achieve ‘Better Blogging’, share it with us!