1. Blogging takes time:
A great blog doesn't become successful overnight! It takes time, development, networking, and a little bit of money. And most importantly, you need to blog consistently and with good content!
Stick with it, keep writing!
Sometimes it's beneficial to set a schedule of 15-45 min. a day to focus on your blog. It will pay off!
2. Network, network, network!
So you have a great blog with great content but no one is reading it? Turn to social networking! Having a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. can really bring in a ton of traffic.
(don't forget to use hashtags on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! They can really make a difference!)
Another great way is to network with other bloggers on various sites that cater to bringing bloggers together (topmommyblogs, bloggers, etc.) ...no matter which niche you're in there are bound to be blogging networks out there for you to join! I also advise joining "Blog hops". So start google searching!
Host a guest post or write one! Both are beneficial in that they provide a new audience and receive more promotion.
3. Interact with your readers:
If someone leaves you a comment, RESPOND!
If someone sends you an email, RESPOND!
Interacting with your followers is so important for building a relationship and getting readers that want to return. Be appreciative that they took time out of their day to listen/read what you had to say.
4. Know where you want to go with your blog.
Are you looking to make money? Is this a hobby? Who do you want to read this?
Know what you want and which audience you hope to capture; it can really help focus the blog and improve the content.
I also advise buying a .com once you have established that you seriously want to blog! It looks more professional.
5. Try hard to use spell check/ proper grammar.
6. Be yourself! The more genuine you are, the better!
7. Share pictures!
I personally love getting to know bloggers through the moments that they capture and share.
It makes the blog more personable, fun, interesting and can even spruce up the page a little bit.
You don't have to have a fancy camera...even a camera phone would suffice!
8. Be versatile!
Blog about a variety of topics that you know about. Not only will it make your blog a more interesting read, it can also bring in a variety of visitors that become potential followers.
9. Be smart when designing.
That font you love might look cool, but we can't read it.
Avoid harsh colors- they can be painful to look at! Go for colors that are friendly and easy on the eyes.
Ask friends, family and other bloggers to give you an honest opinion!
10. Have fun!
Blogging can be challenging at times...but it can also be a lot of fun!
Don't forget why you started your blog and what your goals are for said blog!
If you get stressed out, take a little break BUT remember to come back!
What advice would you give new bloggers?