Honestly, I don’t really follow to other bloggers who talk about blogging.
Nothing against them, but I’d much rather write from my own experiences.
It’s easy to get caught up in trying new ways to grow my blog before I put in enough effort on what I’m currently doing.
For example, I’m focusing on growing my Twitter, Pinterest, and email list.
If I start adding in Facebook Groups, SEO, guest posting, and video content too, I’ll get spread too thin.
That’s why it’s important to stick to the basics when you’re getting started, which is what I’m about to get into today.
Create The Stuff
If you really want to grow your blog, the first thing you need to focus on is creating your blog posts, images, or any other content you might be creating.
This is one of those “no duh” statements, but before you can get 1 billion visitors from Facebook livestreams, you gotta have great content to share.
I’d say you need at least 10 epic quality posts or 30 good quality ones before your blog can start to really grow.
Once you have your content down, you can move on to the next step.
Share The Stuff
Unless you’re some kind of SEO master (I’m surely not), you’re going to need to share your content with people who are interested in it.
This is why I spend a lot of time on Twitter, both learning and tweeting.
If I can grow my account and gain followers that have blogs, then I’m more likely to get more visitors when I tweet my blog post links.
In your case, pick a social media network you like and spend time every day talking with other people who are interested in your blog’s topic.
Don’t just spam links, but have genuine conversation.
Gary Vaynerchuck has this $1.80 strategy for Instagram, and those same concepts can be applied to any social media.
You might be surprised as to how well this can work.
Keep People Coming Back For More Stuff
It’s cool and all to get people to your site, but it’s even cooler when they come back for more.
Back in the earlier days of blogging, people used to subscribe to blogs through an RSS feed.
While it can still be done, it’s so much easier to just use email marketing with a service like Mailchimp.
Offer some sort of free product related to your blog in exchange for their email address.
When they subscribe, you can send them new content, blog posts, and even sell products you create.
Yes, you can also use your blog to build up your social media, but it’s smarter to focus on growing that email list and let social media grow on it’s own.
The bigger your list, the more repeat traffic and customers you’ll be able to have so it’s well worth the effort.
And all you have to do is send out an email to your email list.
And speaking of email lists, you can join mine to get more tips just like this one.
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P.S. We’ve gone from 0-750 pageviews in 27 days which is pretty amazing if you ask me, and we’re only just getting started!