I’m officially an old man. I turned 25 yesterday! Well, actually I feel on top of the world. And truth be told, I wrote this article in advance because I’m likely feeling under the weather today. You know how that goes.
I wanted to share 25 thoughts on blogging from my 25 year old perspective. I’ve enjoyed blogging for the past four years and I feel that I’ve picked up enough knowledge to at least pound out a solid article on the topic.
Let’s go with 25 blogging tips from a 25 year old…
1. You have to write X amount of words per day.
We overestimate what can be done in one day and underestimate the power of time. If you get into the habit of writing X amount of words per day, you’ll become consistent and your site will have plenty of content. My personal goal is to type up at least 1,000 words per day. How many words will you type?
2. Theme doesn’t matter.
It’s nice to have a theme that’s easy on the eyes. It’s not essential that you stress about theme. Content is much more powerful. Uniforms don’t win games. Focus on content first. Worry about the theme when your blog actually has readers.
3. Understand some basic SEO.
Do you know anything about SEO? I recommend that you at least try to write one piece per week or so that’s heavily focused on a specific keyword. The point of this is to ensure that new readers can find your articles through search engines. It’s really a win-win situation. You don’t want your blog to be a ghost town.
4. Be bold.
What are you afraid of? Throw yourself out there. It’s just a blog. It’s just criticism. Don’t be afraid of being bold. This ties into the next point…
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Aritstotle
5. Try some videos.
I did something bold in 2012. I started posting videos. What took me so long? I was just afraid. I made up excuses and avoided what I really wanted to do. I’m ashamed that I waited so long.
I urge you to create your first video today. Don’t wait. Bust one out today and let the world see that you’re not afraid of putting yourself out there.
6. Guest post as often as you can.
How are others supposed to find your blog? Aside fro SEO, guest posting is the next best strategy. I’ve been guest posting ever since I started. I love it because it gives the main blogger a day off and it allows me to present my content to a whole new audience.
Just remember to make life easier for the blogger that you write for. Don’t create any extra work for them. Proof read, optimize for SEO, and keep it relevant. Don’t be foolish like me. I’ve cursed in guest posts sent to religious bloggers. Oops!
7. Differentiate between a hobby and a business.
Do you have a hobby or a business? Free is not a business model and the sooner you realize this, the sooner that you’ll be in the winning column. Running a business means that you have to make money. You can’t be afraid of making money or promoting products.
8. Respond to comments.
Someone took the time to write you a comment. Are you telling me that you can’t take a minute to respond? You better or else you’ll see your community dwindle down. While I’m not the best at blog comments, I try to respond as often as possible.
There’s nothing more exciting than engaged reader or those readers that keep you on your toes.
9. Watch what your competitors are doing.
I try to keep track of what my competitors are trying out because you never know what would work for you. This strategy is also critical for finding blog content. Your competitors should be the number one inspiration for future articles.
Do you know what your competitors are doing?
10. Create some competition.
What if you don’t have any direct competitors? Start a friendly challenge with bloggers that you interact with regularly. This could be a challenge for who could write the most words, create most content, or increase traffic. There should be something at stake just to make things interesting.
I’ve entered many friendly challenges. I love to be held accountable in a public forum. It sort of kills all of the excuses.
11. Don’t give up.
I once read a stat that most bloggers give up within 6 months. In my own circle of friends, I’ve had three friends give up on blogging within less than 6 months. They barely got off the ground. They couldn’t understand why their first post generated no attention or revenue.
Blogging sucks if you want a quick buck. Go make a sex tape for easy money. You need to be in it for the long run here. Even then, there are no guarantees. Blogging isn’t for everyone. Those that survive, will thrive.
12. Don’t be afraid to spend some money.
You eventually have to invest some money into your blogging just like you would with any other business. Don’t be afraid of this. You should eventually consider the following expenses as a blogger:
13. Try a giveaway.
Giveaways are an excellent strategy for building short term traffic. I’ve spent my own money on these in the past. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have companies sponsor giveaways. My biggest giveaway to date was when HP had me giveaway two laptops. That was huge. My inbox flooded for the first time and I had to create a brand new email for the competition.
The only trick is to ensure that you find a way to get these readers to stick around. You might want to collect emails or highlight your best posts for them so that they don’t run away.
Sorry but you have to wait until next week to see the rest of the list. Stay tuned! The list just gets better and better. I promise.
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