8 Kickbutt Strategies To Jumpstart Your Blog’s Success in 2011
Your Blog Success. A new year has come and we should be grateful for yet another chance of creating success for ourselves and our business. The new year is like a fresh new start for life and allows us the vantage point of looking ahead to new experiences and if we’re smart, plan ahead for things to come and hope for things to be gained. Your blog is getting older and as you gain experience in the blogosphere it is very important that you reflect on the past and prepare yourself for mastering the future.
As you continuously grow and yearn to become a pro blogger in 2011, remember that dedication and persistence are ultimately required for success and these qualities should be put to use with the strategies I will outline below.
Procrastination is a disease that leads to the death of the greatest ideas. If you look back, you will realize that oftentimes when you say I’ll do this or that tomorrow, it either never gets done or it takes a few weeks to a month. The ideas that are acted on with precision and in a timely manner produce the greatest fruits and an early plan leads to even earlier success. Think of the thousands of blogs within your niche, most of their authors are thinking about success just as you are and what can be done to get it; so if you do not act now, someone else will.
The longer you take to act on the marketing ideas you develop for your blog, the further away you push success and attract “last place” achievements.
Develop Monthly Targets, Set Achievable Goals
If you have no targets and goals to work towards then your blogging path is a random one which offers zero guarantee for success. Without a map or technique, a sailor is lost at sea with very little hope of finding land. Have fun with your blog while setting clear and realistic goals over specific periods of time whether you blog for play or for business. Whatever your reason for blogging may be, I’m sure there are certain indicators you will use to measure your desired type of success.
Develop daily, weekly or monthly plans that clearly outline what is required of you at each stage of your journey as well as what will be gained. This will be the map that leads you to success online.
Try New Things, Take Risks
The blogosphere is getting tired of old regurgitated content; if your only means of coming up with blog posts is copying someone else’s style or content, then you need to quit right now. Study your niche to discover what is missing, then fill that need effectively. Go the extra mile to deliver something new to your audience; make it authentic, use your own fresh style and they will remember you and respect you for it. The spirit of the internet is all things NEW and if you can bring this to your blog regularly then you will be well on your way to great success with massive influence.
Dare To Be Bold
Be confident in all that you do online and others will follow you. To be confident, you will need to put the work in, study your niche, pay attention to the trends and learn from your experiences. Make it your duty to experience something new in your niche daily and deliver your experiences through your blog. Readers react and are influenced by experiences expressed genuinely and ones they can relate to. Become a great story teller and share your gems with your readers.
Network Some More
Without trust and influence you may not find much success through blogging and the best way to gain these is to truly connect with your audience and friends online. To connect you need to: say “thank you,” engage your followers and friends in healthy discussions that encourage, educate and provide some value, make their interests your’s in some way and show that you care. Being anti-social does not work so use the free tools that are available to you online; YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. These tools close the gap between you and your audience and prospects.
Complete At Least 2 Difficult Tasks Everyday
No pain, no gain. The most effective way to grow and become stronger at whatever you do is to overcome your fears and other challenges that come your way. Never run away or be shy when difficulties present themselves, these are not problems but are unique opportunities to develop your skills; making you stronger and smarter than you could ever imagine. If you should reflect on the past and the unimaginable difficulties that you have actually overcome, you will realize that most were not as bad as you initially thought and you are now wiser than before. Apply this to your online efforts and always remember that to every difficulty there is a solution with much to be gained.
Go Back To The Old Drawing Board
As you make new plans, remember previous ones that went by unaccomplished. Maybe you did not have the resources back then to implement them or they are the victims of procrastination; but whatever they are, keep them close to your heart and find a way to implement worthwhile ones. They may be perfect for the current leg of your blogging journey.
Learn From Mistakes Made in 2010
If you feel as though you did not achieve anything in 2010, the best thing you could do for yourself is learn from all the mistakes you’ve made. In fact, if you’ve been doing your best and still haven’t achieved, do not be fooled, as some of the greatest lessons can be learned from misfortune. As a maker of mistakes, you know more than anyone else what not to do. Be smart, own your mistakes, recognize what could be done differently and apply this wealth of knowledge to the execution of your blogging strategy.
Live and blog passionately, learn from your mistakes, apply what you’ve learned to your master plan, love your audience, provide great value, build trust and plan ahead. You have a fresh new slate to kick-off 2011, blog as though success is the only option, envision nothing else and you will find your success.
All the best for 2011!