Friday, 28 February 2014

How to Step Back to Get Ahead

                       image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I don't know about you, but sometimes I can be a little impatient. I want things to happen now! I want to see results ASAP. This applies to just about anything in life, but is particularly relevant to blogging. I'm pretty sure we can all relate to this right?

In the case of blogging, there is no doubt we want people to read what we have to say. Whether you're writing a blog for your family or a blog for your business, it doesn't matter. You wouldn't be writing on it if you didn't want people to read it. 

The problem is how do you get people to visit? I'm sure you wouldn't be contributing to your blog if you didn't think you have something valuable to share with others.  What I've realized is you have to be patient, and you have to be consistent.

If you write well, write consistently, and promote your blog, eventually you will experience an increase in your traffic. It won't happen overnight, and this is where frustration can set in. I've looked at this phenomenon in my post Writing, Finding the Motivation When it Doesn't Come EasyDon't let frustration set in. Keep plugging away.

If you think about it, it makes sense that writing well and writing consistently will increase traffic to your blog. In the first case, who on earth wants to read something that is hard to follow or makes little sense? So take the time to proofread your writing and you'll reap the rewards. Read more on this topic here.

As far as writing consistently, how can we expect people to visit our site if we don't have a rich volume of content to offer them? If you post to your blog once a month it will take along time (if it ever happens at all) before you experience any significant traffic to your blog.

You don't need to post two or three times a day, or even everyday, but if you ever want to experience significant traffic you need to be producing fresh content at least two or three times a week. The more posts you produce, the more content you will have linked to you on the web. So keep at it.

Be prepared to be frustrated. Be prepared to experience the cricket sounds on your blog! At first that's the way it will be. You'll feel like you're alone in a room talking to yourself. But if you keep talking, eventually others will come over to see what all the noise is about.

So if you're looking for a get rich quick scheme this is not it. However, if you really do care about what you're doing don't be too concerned about the initial lack of traffic. Brighter days are ahead! Are you frustrated by your lack of blog traffic? Leave a comment, and I will make every effort to help where I can!