Growing A Blog Takes the Same Action Day In Day Out

Growing a blog is hard work. Ask any successful blogger and they will tell you that starting a blog is easy.

Anyone who starts a blog usually does it because they are pursuing a life of freedom.

Today’s post is coming from a wonderful blogging coach and my blogging friend Suzan Velez.

Most likely, you’ve read someone’s income report online. Now you’re seeing dollar signs because you’ve set up your first blog.

You’ve even gone so far as to publish a few blog posts on it.

If this sounds like you, I am going to share what it takes to grow a blog.
Unfortunately, growing a blog is hard.

I am not going to sugarcoat it. I want you to know the truth.
Of course, everyone is different. You may know more about social media than I do.

Maybe you come from a marketing background. Or maybe you’ve been an entrepreneur longer than I have?

Growing A Blog Is Hard

Regardless of where you are in your blogging career. I am going to share what I’ve been doing that is helping me grow my blog.

These tasks are small ordinary steps that I do every week, day in day out.

Maybe you can use these using some of the tips that I’m going to share with you, hopefully, you’ll see your blog start to grow overtime.

Blog Commenting

I make it a point to visit blogs in my niche on a daily basis. I’ll then read the post and take the time to leave a valuable comment.

I’ve been doing this for about 3 months.

No, you won’t get a flood of traffic. However, I’ve met some great bloggers and have picked up on a lot of blogging tips that have helped me improve my blog.

Just by taking the time to comment and share other people’s work, I’ve managed to land 6 guest posting opportunities.

This is great because it means that my blog is now linked to 6 other blogs.

I am NOT focused on the backlink. Instead, I look at it like this:
My blog is now in front of 6 other bloggers audience.

No not everyone will click on my author bio link. I am not foolish enough to believe that.

However, if someone reads my blog post and they like what they read, they might just be curious enough to click over to my blog.

Just by guest posting, I am getting my writing in front of more people. This increases the chance of people clicking on my author bio.

Pinterest Marketing

When I started my blog, Pinterest wasn’t sending me any traffic. I almost quit my Pinterest strategy.

However, now Pinterest is my biggest traffic referral. Facebook is my second biggest traffic referrer.

I’ve made it a point that every week, I focus on improving my Pinterest marketing strategy.

The great thing is if you’re using automated tools like Tailwind and Board Booster, you won’t have to worry about spending too much time on your Pinterest marketing.

Here’s a great list of other blogging tools that can help you grow your blog.

All I have to do is create a specific Pinterest sized image for all my blog posts.

Social Warfare makes it easy for people to share my images to Pinterest. I’ve written a tutorial on how I create my Pinterest images.

I don’t have any Pinterest marketing secrets. Sorry, wish I did, but with time and consistency I am finally starting to see some traffic.

It’s taken me well over 5 months to start seeing blog traffic.

Consistent Posting

As a blogger, you’re going to realize how important it is to create consistent quality content on your blog.

I make it a point to post new content on my blog 2 times per week.

This content creation schedule gives me time to promote my own content and write guest posts for other bloggers.

If you’re serious about growing your blog, you’re going to have to create content for your blog as well as other people’s blogs.

Don’t think that you need to post on your blog daily. You can if you want and there are bloggers who do.

However, I would recommend that you create a blogging schedule you can live with and keep up with.

Start A YouTube Channel

I’ve been working on my YouTube channel since almost the start of my blog.

While I love blogging, I also love creating videos. I’ve also found that creating videos is a great way to create tutorial videos.

If you create any type of tutorials on your blog, you may want to consider creating a YouTube channel.

We’ve all heard that videos are huge and some people prefer watching videos over reading. Here’s a great post on some YouTube facts.

Once you start creating videos, you’ll realize how fun it is to create videos.

The best part is that you can easily embed your videos on your WordPress blog.

This gives people another way to stay on your blog longer.

Keeping Track of Stats

If you’re like me, you’re a stat junkie. I know that I shouldn’t check my Google Analytics every day.

However, I can’t seem to help myself.

If you don’t check your stats on a daily basis, you should at least check them once a month.

Pay attention to your popular posts. Your analytics will show you which blog posts people are reading and spending time on.

Can you write more content based off your popular posts? If so, then I recommend doing that.

Which blogs are sending you the most traffic?

If you’re blog commenting, find out which blogs are sending you the most traffic.

If you see that a blog is sending you a lot of traffic. Maybe it’s time to reach out to see if you can guest post on it.

If they don’t accept guest posts, then continue leaving valuable comments.

After all, you know that their readers are engaged and you have a great chance of them visiting your blog.

Final Take Away

I know that this sounds like a lot. The great thing is that you don’t have to do all these tasks every day.

The only task that I do every day is commenting. I also make it a point to write 1,000 words every day.

However, between you and I, sometimes I can’t get my 1,000 words written every day.

Create a routine of marketing strategies that work for your blog.

Prosper shares some great tips that will help new bloggers get traffic to their blogs.

I recommend using some of the tips from this post and from Prosper’s blog post.

Once you realize what’s actually working for your blog, break those tasks into doable steps.

For instance, you could create a new YouTube video every Wednesday.

You would work on your Pinterest marketing every Monday. Invest in the Pinterest automated tools which will make it a lot easier for you.

It’s your blog, create a working schedule that will help you grow your blog.

Remember, growing a blog is hard and it’s going to take consistent work on your part to grow it.

What methods are you using to grow your blog? Do you use any of the methods that I am using to grow my blog?

If so let me know which method is giving you the best results. I’d love to hear how you’re growing your blog.

 

Author Bio

Suzan Velez is helping people start, grow and monetize their passions through blogging. She loves helping people with the techie side of blogging sign up for her free 7 day WordPress Course at susanvelez.com. You can follow Susan on Twitter @SusanWPTutorial

 

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30 Responses to “Growing A Blog Takes the Same Action Day In Day Out

  • Good Morning Prosper,

    I just wanted to say, Thank you for the opportunity to guest post on your blog. I truly appreciate it.

    Hope you have a great day 🙂

    Susan

    • Hy Suzan,

      Its my pleasure. Glad to have you contribute immensely to this blog.

      I believe the readers would find this post a lot helpful

  • Hi Suzan, what a great information here on prosper’s blog. I love every bit of information that you shared here with us. To say the truth we Prosper fans are happy to see you here. Thanks

    • Hi Matthew,

      Glad you are loving the post just like me.

      Have a nice day and stay cool!

    • Hi Awogor,

      Thanks for visiting Prosper’s blog, I am glad that you liked the blog post and I am so glad that Prosper allowed me to be a guest on his blog.

      Have a great one 🙂

      Susan

  • Thanks for sharing this article.
    But how long can it take your blog to be known

    • Hi Anyaogu,

      Welcome to Prosper’s blog. I wish I could give you an exact time that it will take for people to know your blog. Unfortunately, I can’t.

      I have read where it has taken bloggers years before they see the success they want.

      The only thing that I can say is that you just have to keep working towards your goals. Don’t focus too much on the time it’ll take.

      Provide great content that helps your readers. The more that you’re helping your readers eventually people will start to realize that your blog is helpful and will spread the word about your blog.

      I know that’s not really answering your question. But I’d be lying if I told that you that it will only take you a year to grow a successful blog.

      Good luck with your blogging journey and I hope you have a great day 🙂

      Susan

      • Hy Anyaogu,

        Am the guest host here.

        Suzan’s definitely right. All you need do is keep on with good contents your readers love.

        It takes some 3-5 years while it takes some 5 years plus. but all strategies are not the same.

        So you just have to keep it up on your blog until you know and feels its become known.

        Thanks for coming, stay cool!

  • Andrew M. Warner
    1 year ago

    Hey good post here.

    Blogging is hard work — regardless if you’re new or experiences. If you’re new, it’s the consistency of it and getting things off the ground. If you’re experienced, it’s things like outsourcing, promotion, etc. that needs to be done.

    Nonetheless, like your post title says, it takes time. And if you’re willing to put in the work, it’ll pay off dividends.

    – Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      You are welcome to my blog and thank you for the contribution. Do well to check around and get used to the environmet.

      Kindly share with others and have a nice day!

    • Hi Andrew,

      Welcome to Prosper’s blog. You’re definitely right, it’s all about consistency.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion.

      Have a great one 😄

      Susan

  • Celestine
    1 year ago

    Hi Susan, thanks for this wonderful post

    BTW I never used pin interest, but I would really love to add it to my marketing strategy.I would be glad if you point me to the right direction

    Blogging is hardwork no doubt. My blog is new though but I’m pushing it hard to ensure it gets off the ground.

    • Hi Celestine,

      Am the guest host.
      Glad to have you on the blog.
      Stay Cool!

    • Hi Celestine,

      Welcome to Prosper’s blog. If your blog is new, then Pinterest can be a great way to start generating traffic. My advice would be to try to read as much as you can about getting started.

      Create awesome pins using Photoshop or Canva. All your pins will need to be vertical the size I use is 735×1102.

      Join Pinterest tribes and Groups to help you get your pins shared. I really haven’t joined a lot of Groups, but am a member of several Tailwind tribes.

      The most important tip I can give you is that you have to give it time for Pinterest to work. I’ve been using it for about 5 months and am finally starting to see traffic to my blog.

      Hope these tips help and thanks for taking the time to stop by Prosper’s blog.

      Have a great day 🙂

      Susan

  • Hi, Susan (and Prosper).
    I enjoy your blog so much. Your way of explaining things is very simple and straightforward. You’re great at what you do (WordPress Tech).
    I haven’t used Pinterest fully yet. I’ve tried Tailwindapp and Boardbooster and one day I may use it as a way to market my blog.
    I do use Twitter and Facebook though. StumbleUpon and Facebook are my largest referrers with Twitter coming right after.
    I just started commenting more blogs because of a book I bought from Ryan Biddulph of Blogging from Paradise.
    I noticed the increase of blog comments on my site due to the Blogger’s Pit Stop Linky. This is one of my favorite linkys and I’ve met many excellent bloggers through this weekly event.
    Keep doing your best Susan, you’ll reach your goal of letting freelancing go.
    #blogboost

    • Hi Sarabeth,

      You are welcome to my blog and thank you for adding to the conversation

      Glad to have you here, do share with friends and have a nice day

    • Hi Sara,

      Welcome to Prosper’s blog. I also bought Ryan’s book and I love it.

      I’ve never heard of Pit Stop Linky, sounds like it’s definitely helping you.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your opinion on Prosper’s blog, I totally appreciate it.

      Have a great day 🙂

      Susan

  • Hey Susan,

    You killed it like you’ve never done before. The tips here are on point, and, I like them. However, I’m a victim of two – not having a YouTube channel and Pinterest Marketing. I believe the two is today a great source of traffic if utilized and done the right way.

    For now I think I’ll consider building my network on Pinterest – to engage and keep good relevant relationships. One of the thing I like about Blogging is “If you can do the right thing well and well enough, you will get the right results”

    Thanks for sharing, Susan. Thumbs up to the host, Prosper!

    ~ Prince.

  • Hi Prince,

    Welcome to Prosper’s blog. Let me know how your Pinterest strategy goes, I’d love to hear about it.

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment on Prosper’s blog.

    Have a great one 🙂

    Susan

  • HI Susan!
    I must say this is a very nice post, you say it all, hard blog, just like what a friend here said blogging is a hard work be you pro and new….It just a matter of working on your blog contents, leaving comments and more.. I think with time things will go well..once more thanks!

  • Hey Susan, this is exactly what I was looking for. Great tips and it is very informative. Will surely apply all these tactics so that I can grow my blog more. Again, thanks a lot

    • Hi Mahesh,

      You are welcome to my blog.

      Sure! Susan tips are wondrous and when applied would definitely give you positive results.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments.

      Do share with friends.

  • Yes Susan exactly. So great to see you on Prosper’s blog sharing a clear message. This takes work! High energy work, but work nonetheless. A full commitment. The real deal. I am enjoying my time here in NYC immensely. Just spent a few hours in Central Park, after seeing a comedy show last night. But at 12:45 PM on a Friday afternoon I have 6-8 hours of blogging stuff to do, lined up for me. I love doing this stuff, mind you, but have other stuff to do too. Like….eating! LOL….haven’t eaten yet today, as I got wrapped up in responding to comments on my blog, visiting my commentor’s blogs and doing interviews through email, in addition to enjoying Central Park. Awesome points here 😉

  • Hi Prosper,

    Consistency is just so important isn’t it?

    And I like how you combined the importance of both producing content and promoting it.

    Blog commenting is certainly the thing that you need to do every single day for your blog to get noticed.

    But like you said – you need to create a regular consistent pattern of doing things.

    I do some of these things but not all of them.

    I am particularly week on checking my stats.

    I guess I’ve got something to learn from you on that point for sure.

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      Am the guest host here. So great to have you contribute to suzan’s post.

      Yea, consistency is Key!

      Do have a nice day and share with your others.

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