I’m not going to talk about how to make money off your blog. If I knew how to do that then I wouldn’t be where I am now. This is all about how to enjoy and stretch your blog to the point of mild success. Okay, tiny success . . . I make no promises. With that being said:
- What works for one blogger, might not work for you. This doesn’t mean to avoid things, but don’t get upset if you copy someone and it fails. Maybe people notice you copied and compared it unfavorably to the original. Perhaps you missed a few key points in the delivery or it doesn’t match up with your theme and style. Never be afraid to put such post types down and only go back if you think you figured out the problem. Although, you might want to return only a few times if it keeps failing. Don’t want to be seen as a glutton for disaster.
- Open the door to as much as your life as you feel comfortable. I’ve been told by many to throw everything into the light, but that doesn’t work out very well. You can end up pulling in friends and family members who would prefer not to be hinted at on your blog. That leads to drama, which you’ll put on your blog, make things worse, and continue the cycle because you get a ton of hits. Seriously, think before you share because there are consequences.
- If you’re running out of topic ideas then try to get some public input. This helps with interactions and makes you more relatable. It will reveal some topics that you might have overlooked as well. This can also show you how many people are paying attention as you get a request for something you’ve written about 5 times over the last year. Some people might be new and missed them. Others might have forgotten. Either way, you need to decide on politely skipping or finding another avenue to touch on it for a 6th time.
- Be careful changing the physical theme of your blog. The wallpaper and header is one thing. Those are designed to change around at times. When you swap out an entire theme, you might find that some of the toys you liked about the previous one are no longer available. Gets worse if you learn that you can’t go back because they took that other theme away. Not all themes are created equal and you can knock yourself back to square one in terms of design if you’re not careful.
- Use your blog as a hub for other social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and whatever else is there. This keeps you active on all of them . . . Except Facebook, which no longer allows WordPress posts to show up for some people. At least you might get a few curious guests with the others. That is unless the LinkedIn connection is lost for the 10th time this month. Does anybody use Tumblr any more? It’s the thought that counts here.
- Do not think that every comment in the spam folder is spam. Yes, the porn, medication, sneakers, porn, gibberish, porn, badly written offers, porn, porn, and porn are obvious problems. Yet, you might have a new face hidden in there. Older ones can be randomly shunted there too because only Cthulhu knows the requirements for banishment. Just be careful and accept that technology can be a pain.
- Go to other blogs and comment. This is really important at the beginning when you have no followers. You can learn more about the platform such as picture usage, tags, categories, and whatever else the veterans are willing to share. Eventually, you will find yourself in their shoes, so you better be ready to give sage advice. That or shrug and admit that you have no idea what you’re doing.