So, you want to build a profitable blog?
You’re tired of low traffic. You’re sick of seeing no comments. You want avalanches of traffic, posts that pierce your readers immune systems and a close connection with influencers in your niche or industry.
Here are 18 proven strategies towards creating killer content, skyrocketing traffic, and building a profitable blog shared from
1. Use polls to collect ideas
- Polls allow you to target your readers content needs quickly and accurately.
- They also give you an insight into what your readers wants to know about the most, which can be a huge advantage when creating opt-in offers and products.
2. Head over to the popular blogs in your niche.
- You’ll see what topics are trending and you’ll get fresh content ideas.
- The important thing to remember when doing so, is to not blatantly copy popular posts, but to attack them from a different and interesting perspective.
3. Ask your readers
- Send out a mass email or publish a post on your blog asking readers what problems or pains they’re having.
- Then create content around that.
4. Look at comments on your blog
- How can comments help you?
- Scanning through readers thoughts about your content will indicate what they like/dislike.
- Look out for comments where readers seem overwhelmed with joy or passion and make a note of the type of post and topic you wrote about.
- You’ll eventually notice a trend about the specific tastes of your audience.
5. Network with other bloggers
- Sites like BlogDash and BlogSynergy allow you to find other bloggers in the same niche as you and connect with them.
- You could end up finding a mentor, another site to guest post on or even a business partner.
- You never know until you try.
6. Write list posts
- List posts… they’re easy to write, save time and energy and readers love them.
- And even though the internet is crammed with them, they are still effective for quick bursts of quality content.
7. Make Your Posts Smooth and Scannable
- Nobody wants to force down chunks of indigestible information.
- They want to be spoon fed a tasty trickle of knowledge that slips past their eyes and melts into their brain.
- Use subheadings
- Use short sentences
- Have plenty of whitespace
- Eliminate fluff words
- Use vivid verbs instead of limp adjectives
8. Read a lot and share what you’ve learned
- Read blogs. Read books. Read reports.
- To be a powerful blogger you have to be a voracious reader.
- Not only will reading help fine tune your writing skills, it’ll give you a fresh perspective on things and allow you to share new information with your readers.
9. Write conversationally
- Imagine sitting in a lecture with hall with a pimple faced, speckled professor teaching business.
- Now imagine your best friend sitting across you at a local diner explaining the same thing.
- Who are you most likely going to listen to and learn from?
10. Host competitions/giveaways on your blog
- Competitions and giveaways are a great way to generate more activity on your blog and break the monotony for your audience.
- They increase traffic, raise more interest from your audience and can lead to new readers/customers.
- They also help create a sense of community and activity on the blog.
11. Go on a guest blogging spree
- We all know the power of guest blogging right?
- Guest blogging empowers you to simultaneously generate traffic, increase subscribers, boost your credibility and most importantly, build relationships with other bloggers and readers.
12. Leave insightful comments on other posts
- Don’t you just spend a couple of seconds on them and move on?
- Comments are an underused tool in the blogging world and they have multiple benefits like increased traffic from clicks and visits, getting on a popular bloggers radar, to being invited to guest post for them.
- But not just any comment makes the cut.
- So how do you create comments that draw attention and get you noticed by other bloggers and readers?
- Agree with what the blogger said and validate that the info was useful
- Build on and develop the advice given in the post
- Use personal examples and stories
- Talk about what was left out
13. Interview other people in your niche
- Interviews are a great way to improve your knowledge and enlighten your audience.
- They simultaneously expose you to your interviewee’s audience too and give your brain a break from creating content. Win Win.
14. Review an Influencers product and generate goodwill
- Have you recently purchased a product from a respected influencer in your niche?
- If the product has the potential to be useful to your readers in anyway, write up an honest review of the product.
- This will help save your audience time and money and, depending on the review, can generate goodwill from the product creators themselves.
15. Make your posts easy to share
- There’s no point sweating it out at your computer screen and creating content if no one is going to read it.
- To rack up the amount of views that your posts get, make them more shareable by:
- Prominently displaying shareable buttons
- Making tweet-able comments in your posts
- Prompting readers to tweet those tweet-able comments
16. Offer a bribe
- Struggling to land subscribers?
- Try offering something of value to your audience in exchange for their email addresses to shoot up your subscriber count.
- You could create an ebook, a report, or a checklist.
- Just be sure it’s something your audience will value.
17. Use Webinars
- Webinars are an excellent way to share knowledge with your audience.
- When marketed correctly they can lead to a ton of extra traffic and clients/customers.
- They also make you more relatable and human to your audience and inspire interaction.
- Be sure to email your list and invite people from other’s lists to join.
- Promote on other blogs and email lists to.
18. Create a podcast
- Creating a podcast is a pretty powerful marketing tool because it allows you to reach a certain type of audience that you wouldn’t have reached before.
- This is because people don’t always want to read, and some prefer consuming content by listening instead of reading.
- Your readers can consume content while they drive to work, have a workout or go for a walk.
- This increases your connection and relationship with your audience because they are no longer reading a bunch of words… but listening to a human voice.
- Its easier for them to visualise you as a person and relate to.
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