Blogging has many points that you need to focus on every day. When I first started blogging I was just out of the coal mines. A serious mining accident ended my career and there I was, up the creek without any money to buy a paddle!
I had always loved writing and I had heard somewhere that blogging is a lucrative field to get into, so I started looking around at blogs. How did they make money anyway? What was their motivation? As I browsed through literally thousands of sites, most of which that promised me riches by tomorrow if I would only pay them $49.99, I got the idea that money was everywhere on the internet. but I had no idea how to get it!
Don't Get Confused About Blogging
I wanted to start this post to more or less get the conversation started by the time the comment section rolls around. I want to focus this post for that person who was as ignorant as I was about getting started in blogging. What should they expect? You may not have plans to be a small business influencer right away! Just what are the top priorities that one could expect when they go into blogging?
If you can remember when you first started, what types of questions did you have about it? Those same ideas are probably rolling around in the would-be blogger's head as they read this post right now as well.
I just want to hit some of the high points in blogging and why I loveit so much.
Step #1-Find Your Blogging Niche
This is a mistake that some people make right out of the blogging gate. One of the top priorities in blogging is actually creating a blog where you know something about the subject. I just came back from speaking at a Beginner Blogging Convention and most of the newbie's there were just after money. They didn't seem to care if they knew anything about the subject of, say, internet marketing, they just started blogging because they know a guy who knows a guy that makes a “killing” in this niche!
You can end up shooting yourself in the foot if you start something you can't finish. I recently wrote a post called The Road To Blogging Success that basically shows you only one main idea that you need to follow in order to create a successful blog. Make sure you can bring value to the reader and actually help them in your posts!
Too many people get caught up in making the money, and they forget about the most important thing…the reader. Don't let your greed prompt you into creating a blog full of trash affiliate links and scam programs. When you find a niche that you love, you will generate a blog of integrity that people will enjoy.
Step #2- Start A Schedule
This is one of the most important things in order to become successful at blogging. I know that you will come across some blogs that tell you that you should blog every day. That is just not true. Yes, it's better for your blog if you do, but ask yourself if you can come up with a great post that is both informative and helpful to the reader every day. It's not worth losing the integrity of your blog when you post crap.
Whatever you do, keep doing it. Whether it's building links, blogging twice a week, or updating on social media sites, maintain a schedule in all of this. One of the best things that you can do is sit down and create a list of “To-Do's” and set it up. You will figure out what is best for you and what you can squeeze in.
I am no professional, but I know what works for my blog. There are generally three things that are essential to boosting the success of your blog. These things are:
- Posting to your blog
- Social media updating
- Link building
Your blogging is top priority. Don't forget to research and write great blog posts…that goes without saying. However, there are a couple of other integration's that you can use to help you better the momentum of your blog's success.
I am a believer in social media! What I like about it is a new blog can have just as many views as any blog if you stay connected to social media. It's a given that you must do certain things in order to get this traffic, like getting subscribers on Facebook. Maintaining a connection on these social media sites, especially if you can unravel the Twitter secrets, will be a big plus for you in the blogging long run!
So What Is The Top Priority In Blogging?
I'm fixing to give it to you to tell me what your opinion is, but I want to go ahead and give you mine first.
No matter if you have an established blog, or if you are working on getting noticed, the top priority in my opinion is content. Always produce content that attracts, draws in, informs and answers questions, and gives the reader something to think about or take home with them.
Blogging is not just sitting down and flying off at the computer keys with the first thing off the top of your head. Sure you may be able to get by with that at first, but your readers aren't dummies! You are eventually going to have to come up with brilliant content every time in order to be successful.
Now what do YOU think the top priority of blogging is?