12 SIGNS YOU'RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH YOUR BLOG

12 SIGNS YOU'RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH YOUR BLOG

#TruthBomb alert.

Running a blog can be really great and it has a lot of perks (doing what you love, practicing your creativity, meeting awesome people…). But it can also be a pretty tough ride. And kind of lonely. Especially when you’re just starting out.

That’s why the start of a new month can be so empowering. 

You don’t just have to wait for January. A new month means a fresh start and a fresh perspective. You’ve got loads of determination and there’s a big sense of excitement about the opportunities that might happen.

Then comes the next new month. And the next. And that sense of excitement you used to feel starts to get gradually smaller (in a similar way to the beginning of our blogs).

The truth is, there’ll be many moments when you’ll want to give up on blogging. No matter how much you love it.

Setting up and maintaining your blog (or business even!) takes a lot of hard work, real effort and determination.

It involves experimentation, isolation and number stress, and for some of us, pressure from other people who say that we’re “wasting our time”.

There will be moments where you feel like you’re on your own. There will be moments where you feel like no one is reading your posts except you. And there will be moments when your workload becomes so insane that you go straight to burnout faster than you can say #flatlay.

This is why (in my opinion), anyone who doesn’t share the struggles of building a blog alongside a job/family/life is not being transparent enough and not being truthful to their community.

But there’s something important I want you to remember. Even when it feels like you’re never going to reach the top of the hill and it seems like nothing you’re doing is working - chances are, you’re still making progress with your blog.

Chances are, you’re still moving in the right direction.

And as one of my favourite sayings goes, progress is better than perfect.

Yeah right, Holly - I can see your eyes rolling from here, friend!

Well, I’m going to prove it to you.

These are twelve signs that you’re moving in the right direction with your blog and actually doing a fab job. Even if it doesn’t feel like it.

HOW TO DOUBLE YOUR PAGEVIEWS IN JUST FOUR MONTHS

HOW TO DOUBLE YOUR PAGEVIEWS IN JUST FOUR MONTHS

If there’s one things most bloggers could ask for, it would be more pageviews.

We’d also like Instagram to stop messing around with the algorithm, but hey ho.

Pageviews form the core of your blog. Yes, so many other aspects make up your online presence. You need a great design, a marketing strategy and a mailing list. All of these can help to grow your blog - they’ve helped improve mine and I’ve written about all of them.

But here’s the catch. None of the above matters, if you’re not bringing in the pageviews. Fact. It might be a harsh truth (and I know it’s just not about the numbers), but it’s true.

So today, I wanted to share with you the exact strategies I used to double pageviews on my blog in just four months. I went from 5,000 a month, to 10,000 a month, to now over 20,000. And yes, these are things you can keep doing to get more results. Let’s go! 

I know you guys like a bit of evidence (and this is the first time I’m doing this publicly) - but here are my pageviews.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE?

We live in a world where we want information immediately.

We’re impatient. We won’t jump into something unless we know we’re definitely sure about it. And with the wealth of information and technology that’s out there, it’s often possible for us to do so.

All you need to do is search “how to do X” on Google or Pinterest, or type in “exercises to get rid of X” and hey presto - the information you want is fired back to you within seconds.

What people don’t realise is that it’s not what the information is that’s important. It’s what you do once you’ve got that information.

You won’t be surprised that two of the most searched for questions on Google are:

  • How long does it take to be a successful blogger?
  • How long does it take to be a successful business owner?

I won’t lie. I’m pretty sure if you looked at my search history around the time when I started blogging and started offering services, it would show loads of articles that tried to answer these same questions. And really, how long does it take?

I get lots of readers and followers asking me how I became so successful with my blog. I even wrote a post on some of the things that helped.

But there’s a catch.

Success isn’t the same for everyone. Not all our journeys will be the same. Not all of us will have the same focus for our blog or business. We all look at success in different ways.

It’s a weird one, because success doesn’t really have a definition, does it? For one person, it could mean hitting 10k followers across the board. For someone else, it could mean having the freedom to create their own schedule so they can spend more time doing what they love.

Success is individual to each and every one of us, and it shouldn’t be compared. If you’re a newbie reading this, I can’t give you a timeframe for becoming a great blogger or business owner (I like to class us all under the same umbrella now as “creatives”).

What I do know is this:

If you want to become a successful creative, you have to keep pushing through and stay on your own path.

MUST-HAVE TOOLS YOU NEED TO BALANCE YOUR BLOG ALONGSIDE YOUR 9-5

MUST-HAVE TOOLS YOU NEED TO BALANCE YOUR BLOG ALONGSIDE YOUR 9-5

While some of you may dream of one day being a full-time blogger, quitting your day job to pursue this goal isn’t always achievable.

And for those of you who are quite happy running your blog alongside your day job, I completely get how overwhelming it can be. 

But just because you’re up to your ears in blog work and haven’t had an evening off during the week in ages, doesn’t mean you should lose hope.

Instead, you should work smarter and use tools that can help you succeed at your day job as you grow your blog, working on your own terms.

Online Presence

A successful blog starts with a really great website. In many cases, this means a place where you can showcase your content, promote yourself and tell people what you have to offer. Plus, it’s good to look attractive and be easy to navigate. 

And behind every website is a great platform that keeps everything ticking over and keeps your website ‘live’ so new and current readers can come to your site whenever they want.

I started off on Blogger, but I wish I’d gone right in and started on Squarespace, which is what I use now. With a fantastic support team, customisable templates and monthly fees that cost less than a magazine subscription, you’re getting your worth with Squarespace.

There is also a detailed analytics section that makes it super easy to keep track of your stats on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

As an added bonus, you can also claim your own domain when you set up your Squarespace website. Not only that, but you can even connect your domain to G Suite and get a custom email address for your brand.

WHY ADDING VALUE TO YOUR CONTENT WILL BOOST COMMUNITY LOYALTY

WHY ADDING VALUE TO YOUR CONTENT WILL BOOST COMMUNITY LOYALTY

A lot of new bloggers or business owners can’t believe just how many blog post ideas they can come up with.

Fitness blogger? You can film daily workouts, combined with recipes and motivational recipes.

Sell jewellery? Offer accounting services? Work for a car garage? Yep, there’s still loads you can write about.

No matter what your background is, if you enjoy writing and are willing to develop your skills, your blog can succeed. But I have a spoiler for you. Being an online content writer is about so much more than just having the ability to write.

Content is pretty remarkable, don’t you know?

Reading a blog post is different to reading any other type of content. You wouldn’t sit and read a magazine article the same way you would a blog post. And if you want to write content successfully, you need to know what your audience wants to read.

It’s about making sure you’re providing your readers with high-quality content that’s going to help them improve in some way. And when you’re delivering content that has value, your own value increases, too!

So what is valuable content?

For me, there are some blogs I go to that provide an unlimited amount of value in their content. But some? There’s just not enough there.

But what does that mean?