If you are an old, experienced and successful blogger, this post might not make much sense to you, however those new in blogging business hopefully will find this post interesting. As a juvenile blogger your most visited page will probably be your stats page where you might want to look for the number of visitors who read your post. But your stats might not soar initially and just don’t give up easily. Here are my experiences below.
The blog which you are reading now is one year old. I could’t write much during the initial 3 to 4 months because it took me time to learn blogging and had lot of other jobs so couldn’t arrange enough time to write in the blog.
I seriously started writing from the fifth month on-wards, and with in the next six to seven months I experienced a gentle Tsunami in my blog stats with maximum 1,555 visits in a day, that’s the max till now. Hope my readers will break it and make it to 2000 someday.
However, I am not happy with my follower count its just more than 300, over this one year period (may be because everyone don’t like following via email, and follow via RSS, which don’t get reflected as follower count). At the time of this writing, total reading count of this blog is 9,877.
In my initial few months of my blogging, when I use to read in various WordPress forums that people get 4oo or 600 visits a day in their blogs, I use to feel, either they are lying or I am an inefficient blogger. The internal fight in me always use to continue when I use to get 5 or 10 visitors a day, and in many days there were no one to read my blog.
So, I will advise, don’t get depressed if your stats are too poor at your initial few months of blogging, you are probably not the only person to experience such and honestly speaking it takes time. So here I will try to list some points which are based on my blogging experience and which I believe will help to soar your stats (although can’t promise it):
- When you blog DON’T focus on stats, instead focus on sharing good material that will get your readers interest.
- Think, if you were the reader of someone else’s blog, what would you have expected, probably others will expect the same from you.
- Focus on your blog’s context. If you are writing for a particular group of people probably your stats will not get flooded, unless your group is too large or group members are too much interested for your blog as they are for Facebook or Google. So, in my opinion writing for a larger group of population will help to increase your readership, but you have to decide about it.
- When writing, take care of being generalized. Which means write in common mans language, preferably in a lucid form so that it suits the taste of all sort of readers irrespective to their educational status.
One suggestion, WordPress staff suggest I found, i.e. to comment on others blog to bring them back to your blog. May be they have tested this theory, however I don’t think it is that important, however you can give a try.
- Grammar droplets!
- When you write you really don’t require to have a very good grammar, but take care of it. Try reading your post yourself at least once, if you find the writing has a flow and communicates your views effectively, nothing more is probably required. But spelling error free and grammatically correct writing are in general impressive.
One more thing you may take care of while writing your post is, to avoid telegraphic message. I think short hands are better avoided, try writing full words. If you read any big journal or website you will see that they use full words instead of casual short forms that we use sometimes for text messaging. For example, it’s better to avoid ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ in your blog post. It makes your post casual, at least to me.
Furthermore, its important I think, to show respect or honor to your reader. What I mean by that is if someone comments on your blog, try replying them in formal welcoming manner, it honors the reader. When I commented on certain blogs that responded to my comment it helped me to make a bond with that blog and revisited them in hunt of their new content. One good commenting experience I recall on another person’s blog is here – http://lifeshappyrants.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/can-you-guess-what-book-this-is/. But there are some popular blogs which don’t always feel to reply back, not sure why, narcissism or ignorance, I generally don’t visit them back.
Although you can blog on any content of your wish, adult contents or age restricted stuff are generally less praised in the blogger’s world. Suppose, you are displaying sexually explicit contents or contents related to brutality like chopping a limb video of a man, may be you will have bunch of folks to peep in to that, but less likely such blog will be friendly to most communities or family members. I will definitely not want my child to read it. So be realistic. You can post anything, but it don’t guarantee to create hunger in all.
- Blogging, a reflection of your mood
Lastly, writing is an art and it flows along with our mood. So instead of sitting to write for the purpose of writing, you may write when you feel the urge to write. For instance, while cooking your daily meal a new thought may click in your brain and you may feel an internal outcry to share that with others, now when you sit to write your writing will burst out with all your internal beauty of expression. That is probably what blogging is all about, freedom of writing with no rule and no boundary (however, please don’t hurt or harm others intentionally).
Hope these experiences of mine will help you get a better stats. Your stats will flourish with time, just have patience and focus on writing and communicating effectively with your readers. In my opinion, shortcuts don’t sustain long, like frequently liking others posts even without reading them at all or too many ping backs to bring traffic. You can trick once, not every time.
So the BOTTOM LINE is that, blogging is all about people, like democracy. As long you respect your readers, no matter how good or bad your writing is your readers will be with you. Honesty matters, everywhere, even for effective blogging.