Starting a blog was one of the best decision I’ve ever made, and than writing my first eBook on Starting a Blog 101, building a community of bloggers, getting featured on world’s top blogs like Daily Blog Tips etc are the things that shows that my blog is on the right track and defines the success of my blog.
But, success in blogging is defined differently by different person, Isn’t it?
Some bloggers are seeking a path to money while others are more interested in simply connecting and or sharing their voice.
I don’t know how do you define a success in blogging, but for me blogging success would be more of a community.
I’d love to see my readers, subscribers and visitors posting quality comments and discussing the post, sharing their ideas and making a conversation.
I’ve said a lot of time before and you should understand that a lot of hard work is needed to get to become a successful blogger; It isn’t an overnight occurrence.
With all the blogs screaming for attention, how are you supposed to know that your blog is on the right track? Well, there are a lot of ways to tell If your blog has what It takes.
So, Is Your Blog on the Right Track?
Here’s the five things to tell If your blog has what It takes.
1. Loyal Readers:
If your loyal readers count is growing than you can consider yourself on the right track.
Loyal readers are the one who visit your blog on daily basis, read your posts and make a conversation in comments section. You also have to show some appreciation to them by responding to their comments and answering their questions which in turn will make them love your blog.
It can take months to get some loyal readers for your blog and that is only possible If you’re able to encourage the first time visitors to stay through your writing.
All of the popular blogs like ProBlogger, CopyBlogger and Daily Blog Tips has thousands of loyal readers which makes them successful blogs.
All growth is progress. If you’re building an email list and all of your readers are subscribing to your list than you’re going great.
If you’re not than sorry to say, but you aren’t on the right track and I’d suggest you start today.
If you can’t afford $19/monthly for Aweber, than you can start with Mailchimp which is FREE for first 2000 subscribers. Here are few tips to increase your subscribers:
- Offer an eBook to your readers in return to opting in because ya know, people love free stuff.
- Create a landing page like this and write about everything that they can get from you through emails.
- Design beautiful optin form with your eBook cover in it and place it in your sidebar or below posts.
- Give more reasons to subscribe.
You can’t consider yourself on a right track If you don’t have an email list or at least a community of people that trust you.
Comments gives the feeling that people are reading and liking what you’re writing on your blog.
If your blog is receiving a lot of comments on each post, that’s probably a great sign, but If the majority of those comments ring to the tune of “Great post” or “Thanks for sharing” than even 1000 of those comments are rather meaningless.
Comments that provoke the discussion are far better than the 2 or 3 words comments that are there just for the benefit of a link.
A couple of months ago I wrote an article on 5 things I did to increase my blog comments helping you increase the number of comments on your blog.
4. Blogger Friends:
Having blogging buds is essential in order to become a successful blogger because they’ll help you grow and gain you credibility online.
Do your best to connect with more and more bloggers in your niche because It is good to have friends who can share stuff that is related to your expertise or niche.
My blogging buddies really rock and I love all of them. Couple of month ago when I left a comment on Ian Eberle’s blog, that single comment made him one my good blogging buddy and he also interviewed me on his blog which introduced me to some new bloggers.
Nishant Srivastava is my another blogger buddy who mentioned me in his on top upcoming bloggers post that I really appreciate.
5. Social shares:
It is a good sign If people like your stuff and thus sharing it with others.
Social media is very crucial to every blog’s success and almost every blog has Facebook like and tweet button.
If you’re not getting social shares for your blog posts then you should try to improve the quality of your posts and get involved in social media sites. Stay active on Twitter and Facebook and interact with others.
If you you get a lot of social shares on each post, that means your blog is on the right track.
Now I ask It to you:
According to you what are the things It takes in order to consider If a blog is on the right track? How do you define success in blogging? I would love to hear from you and the comments section is all yours!