You’re starting a brand new blog and are excited to start pumping out content. Before you get started, I wanted to make a list of the 4 things that you should focus on from day one.
Welcome to the Blogosphere, where the Internet has helped several bloggers create the lifestyle of their dreams. Chances are you’re reading this article because you’re ready to work towards your financial dreams.
In today’s article, I am going to discuss 4 blogging tasks that you should focus on from day one.
A lot of bloggers make the mistake of trying to do too much when they get started online. We think we have to be everywhere. When in the end, we end up accomplishing very little.
When I started my blog, I was so focused on trying to be everywhere, at the end of the day I was so burnt out. Now that I’ve been blogging for a year, I finally understand where I went wrong.
I’d love to share what I realized and how I went wrong. My hope is that you’ll take the time to focus on these things so you can see your blog gain traction quickly.
Okay, so what are those 4 blogging tasks?
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Make a List of these 4 Tasks
Most people will tell you that you need to create content and lots of it. While this is true this isn’t one of the tasks that I am talking about.
Nope, I am just going to assume that you know you’re going to need a lot of content. Ask any blogger and they’ll quickly tell you that they are writing content pretty much every day.
If you’re not then, it’s time to start. The only way that you’re going to become a better writer is to practice. My friend Ryan Biddulph suggests that you write 1,000 words every day.
I’ve taken his words literally and have been applying these methods. Guess what, my writing is improving.
No, I still can’t write an ebook in a day or write a post that gets shared 1,000’s of times in one day. But I have no doubt that as I continue practicing, I’ll get better.
Whether you are writing content for new blog posts, email auto-responders, guest posts or etc… It seems like there is always content to be written.
Instead, the blogging tasks that I am talking about are the same tasks that I neglected for 5 months after I published my very first blog post.
What are those tasks? I am so glad you asked because this shows me that you don’t want to make the same mistakes I made in the beginning.
Nope, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and work on your blog. So without further ado, let’s dive into those important blogging tasks you should be doing from day one.
#1 Blog Promotion
One of the misconceptions that most new bloggers have is that as long as they are writing great content, people will eventually find their blog. Well, you’re right, they may eventually find your blog.
But imagine if you can take some steps to speed up the process. Wouldn’t it be great if whenever you wrote a new blog post people commented it and shared it?
When I first started my blog, for months I was writing content that wasn’t seen by anyone. Yet I kept my blogging schedule and published a new post twice a week.
I would put my head down and pump out article after article. I kept thinking the more I wrote, eventually, someone one finds my blog.
Well, no one ever did until I got off my blog and started promoting it. The great thing about writing all those posts is that I now have over 3 months worth of content scheduled in advance.
This means that I get to spend time guest posting and learning how to use Pinterest. Yup, I am still trying to figure out how to make the most of Pinterest.
It’s been a hard nut for me to crack. But that’s a story for another day.
I still focus on writing great content, because we all know that content is the lifeline of any blog. However, these days I spend more time promoting my content.
While it’s important to focus on great content from day one. It’s even more important to spend time promoting that content.
#2 Social Media
I can’t even begin to tell you why I avoided jumping on social media when my blog went live. I guess I was just scared of the unknown.
Learning how to use social media was completely new to me. Sure we all have personal accounts, but the difference between you and I is that I never used my personal accounts.
As a blogger, we’re supposed to learn how to tap into the power of social media to network with people and grow our blog.
Okay, I get the gist of it, but how do I actually do it? I really didn’t have the time nor the patience to learn how to use social media. If you’re completely new to social media, here’s a great beginners tutorial that may help you out.
If you really want to start growing your blog quickly, you need to make time to learn how to use it. My blog posts get shared so much because of my readers. There’s no way that my blog would be where it is today if it wasn’t for all the shares.
Do yourself a favor and start learning as much as you can about using social media to effectively market your blog.
The sooner you do, the happier you’ll be. Don’t wait on Google to start sending you traffic, SEO can take years. Plus, you don’t want to rely 100% on Google traffic.
#3 Building Your Email List
We hear it every day, focus on building your email list. Yet most of us don’t start building our list from day one. Maybe you’re like me, you put up a few opt-in boxes, but don’t put 100% effort into actually growing your list.
Building your email list should be the main focus of your blog. Sure you may have visitors who click on your affiliate links or buy your products and services every once in a while. However, your subscribers are the ones that are going to buy from you.
Of course, this depends on whether or not you’ve been providing value and build trust with them.
Growing a blog is hard, don’t make it any harder. Make sure that you focus on these 4 blogging tasks from the start. Don’t make the same mistake I made and wait until your blog is 5 months old.
How long have you been blogging? Have you started these blogging tasks? Are there any other tasks that you focus on that I may not have included? Let me know in the comments below.
#4 Make Blogging Friends
It’s so easy for bloggers to hide behind their computer and avoid making contact with anyone. At least I know it is for me.
See, I have my little routine that I live by day by day. Whenever something happens that throws me off my routine, it’s like throwing a wrench in a socket.
It just messes up my whole day. When I first started my blog, I never made the time or effort to get off my blog to make blogging friends.
Instead, I would play around with my new theme and all the different blog configurations like changing the WordPress time zone, adding new plugins, and messing with my discussion settings.
I thought that as long as I was doing something to my blog. I was working on it. But to tell you the truth, all I was doing was procrastinating.
That’s not how you grow a blog. Those little tasks are nothing more than time wasters. They will suck up your productivity and before you know it you didn’t accomplish anything.
Get off your blog and start making blogging buddies. In my short time online, I’ve met some amazing people that have opened up their door and allowed me to guest post on their blogs.
Take for instance Mathew, he graciously sent me an email asking me to guest post on his blog. I accepted because it’s another way for me to get in front of a new audience who doesn’t know me at all.
Thanks, Matthew Awogor for reaching out to me, I so appreciate the opportunity!
Final Take Away
As a new blogger, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything you need to do to grow your blog. Usually what we do is head over to Google and type in “how can I grow my blog.” We all want more traffic.
The truth is that growing a blog is NOT rocket science. It won’t happen overnight, but if you’re consistent with your efforts, you will soon start to see the results that you want.
So stop trying to find that magic bullet. Unfortunately, there isn’t one. Put your head down and start working towards your blogging goals, after all, you’re the only one who can make your dreams a reality.