blogging-success

How I Achieved Blogging Success In 30 Days

September 2, 2010

in Business, Tech

Guest Post by Wayne Howard of Business & Pleasure. Tia’s Note: This is a PERFECT combination of [intlink id="2262" type="post" target="_blank"]blog promotion[/intlink] tactics to see results rather quickly. Use them! Thanks, Wayne!

When the doors to a new blog are opened, usually you don’t have a bunch of people waiting outside to run in. Well, this is exactly what appears to have happened with my blog. Apparently, for the short time that my blog has been online, the [intlink id="3749" type="post" target="_blank"]traffic[/intlink] and interactions on it have been called impressive by some other bloggers. I really don’t have anything to compare it to, as I’ve never witnessed another blog’s first month, so I am just taking their word for it. Nevertheless, I will admit that I have been working very hard on my blog which could attribute to its quick success. I wanted to take this time to detail exactly what I did during this first month to possibly be a help to others. Hopefully bloggers new and old will be able to take something away from this.

Guide to First Month Blog Success

  1. Facebook
    So, before I had hundreds of followers on Twitter, I had almost 1,200 friends on Facebook. This came from 4 years of college and being very active. One of the first things I did to take advantage of this was to make a Facebook Page. You can have one set up relatively quickly, probably under 10 minutes. Once I had it set up, I didn’t just expect people to automatically come to it. No, I took the initiative and invited all 1,200 of my Facebook friends. Here’s a little tip on how you can do that quickly: Filter your friends by network and then a “select all” option should appear.

    That worked out pretty well and in a couple of days I had about 100+ people on the page. This is where a majority of my initial traffic came from. As a matter of fact, over half of my traffic during the first week alone came from Facebook. This traffic was pretty good, they looked at an average of 3 pages each and had a 19% bounce rate during the week. But they were not leaving comments. I wrote a post, “11 Things I’ve Learned as a Blogger“, where I reasoned why that was. Nevertheless, I did some research and learned of a wonderful community.

  2. BloggerLuv
    For those unfamiliar with BloggerLuv, it is a supportive community made up of bloggers. I stepped into BloggerLuv dazed and confused but I was welcomed with open arms. The owner, John Sullivan, saw my “fiery passion” as he described it and made me Blogger of the Day and later Blogger of the Week. That was how I quickly got to know a lot of the members there. They began to trickle over to my blog and actually started leaving comments! Great. Less than a week after I began my blog, a post on “Blogging Newbie Links” received 27 comments. Not too shabby.
  3. Getting Around
    I met a lot of great people from BloggerLuv and began to visit their blogs and leave comments. Healthy Opal of “I’m Celebrating Life!” gave me advice to set up a feed aggregator to manage all the blogs I visited so I downloaded FeedDemon. Now I just needed blogs to put into it. Luckily for me, around the same time, Kissie of JustKisse did a “Name That Blogger” quiz. Believe it or not, I went through the entire list and added every single blog to my feed and began making rounds. Networking as a blogger is very important. Currently I have over 30 blogs in my feeder and I try to stop by them all when I get a chance. I am adding more and more each day.
  4. Blog Engage
    Around the same time I discovered BloggerLuv, I also found out about Blog Engage. A decent amount of traffic has came from getting my posts published over there. Not all of them have been published but I have seen some traffic from the ones that have. Definitely worth checking out.
  5. Theme
    The first theme I used was the popular theme, Mystique. I really liked the way it looked and best of all, it was free! It wasn’t until I saw someone who had the same exact theme as mine that I realized the problem. In order to really set yourself apart, you need to invest in the way your blog looks. So, the first premium themes I used were Elegant Themes. I used a few of their themes for awhile and then I switched over to the highly customizable Canvas theme from WooThemes. Having this really gives my blog a unique look and if I ever wanted to change anything, it is very simple. You shouldn’t have the issue of someone’s blog looking like yours by using a customizable premium theme.
  6. Twitter
    We finally arrive at Twitter. Twitter is thought to be the “Poster Boy” of social media promotions and rightfully so. With Twitter, you can easily promote your content and the content of others which is done so by ReTweeting. Tip: Try to focus on promoting others more than yourself. Sounds strange, but it works. Twitter is also a wonderful networking tool which we will talk about in a moment.So now, would you believe that before I started my blog, I didn’t even use Twitter? It’s true. I started using Twitter but the problem was I had no followers or those I followed. Well, I had already met a lot of people through BloggerLuv and other blogs so I began by following them.

    Shortly after, I learned about a wonderful way to network with other bloggers, #blogchat. The first time I participated in a #blogchat, I walked away with over 40 new followers. All bloggers who I could begin to further network with. Powerful tool that all bloggers should utilize. Blog chats are Sundays at 9PM EST. I hope to see you there. Oh btw, You can follow me on Twitter @WaynesBNP :-)

  7. LinkedIn
    LinkedIn is a secret hidden gem that some people don’t utilize as much as they should, I know I didn’t until recently. LinkedIn has a pretty powerful group feature that you can use to network and your content with people in the same niche as you. Here is a quick video on how you can use the LinkedIn Groups function.
  8. Social Bookmarking?
    I dabbled with social bookmarking when I first heard that it was a good way to get traffic to your site. Shortly after, however, I stopped actively using it. Why? Well take a look.

    (Click to enlarge)

    As you can see, I did get a decent amount of traffic from Reddit and Digg, but the bounce rates were outrageous! Combining that with the time spent on the site, I figured that these people weren’t even reading the site before they left and it was a waste of time. StumbleUpon fared a little better but I’m even wary of using that. So, my personal experience with using social bookmarking wasn’t that great for me, so I stick to what works. Facebook, Twitter, and Networking.

  9. and finally… Launched a guide
    Shortly after I began blogging, I actually made a guide on how-to blog. Amazing right? I’m a quick learner so I put together a quick 23-page guide and began promoting it. I also ran a contest to get people to refer others to it. The contest is still underway and you can find it on my blog. The contest allowed me to quickly build up subscribers to my newsletter which was the purpose of the guide.

In closing…

That is pretty much the full spectrum of what I did for the past month or so. It goes without saying also that I wrote often, sometimes twice a day. I have slowed down a lot now, mostly because it takes time for me to actually think of something new to write about that hasn’t been said 1000 times.

Following everything I did, especially if you are a new blogger, may not get you the same results, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t get you some good results. And remember, above all else: Write Good Content.

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How quickly did it take your blog to get off the ground and what were some of the things you did? Did you learn anything from this post? Let us know, thanks!

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Pankaj Gupta December 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have to learn about LinkedIn. Awesome post. I am using facebook and twitter to get Traffic but still 60% traffic comes from Google..

Home of cats October 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

Thanks for sharing, I just forget about the power of facebook! Noo…

J. September 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Such great tips for a newbie blogger like me! Thanks so much for sharing!

Harsh Agrawal September 11, 2010 at 2:51 am

Great read Wayne and I have been targeting Facebook as it;s one of the great traffic driver but like you I’m also facing issue with comments from traffic coming from Fb.. Getting into a blog network really help you to drive high quality traffic + comment which I started doing now again…!!

fareed September 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

wow..You success is really in best way, i congrats…

Magento Development September 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

This post has great quality information. Great things do come to those who work for it. In this case all it took was 30 days. Great job!

Chintan Kotadia September 7, 2010 at 6:32 am

Informative post.
Great Achievements within short period of time. Thanks for sharing such nice article. It is going to me for increasing traffic over my blog and websites.

BloggerLuv provides a good traffic. I was not aware about Linkedin. Thanks for mentioning about it.

What do you think about Digg?

Cheers mate!

Jenny September 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

This is great information and I am sure many were wondering how quick you got going. Glad you mentioned BloggerLuv one of my favorite places to be and provides good traffic.

Thank you for also mentioning linkedin I had always heard it was a good way to promote just never really ventured into it. Great post and great info for me to know thanks again!

Alex@keyword research tips September 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

Thanks for sharing your story Wayne, and congratulation on your success, now and in the future.
Really good to get some insight into the process you took, and great resource for new bloggers starting out to get an idea of how to approach the whole thing.

Awesome man.

Oh followed you on Twitter btw :)

James M September 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I could only wish that when I started my blog that I had 1000+ friends on Facebook to invite to read it. I keep a close group of friends on Facebook, and barely any of them have clicked through to my blog. I think one of the lessons that I learned from Wayne is that I need better friends. :P

Joining those blog groups will help me out immensely though. I’m curious as to what the ideal ratio of writing good content to marketing and selling yourself is? I always struggle with whether I’m spending enough time researching and writing, or whether I should be out promoting more.

Great post.

Tuan September 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I am joining most of sites you referred above, and really it helps increase my blog a lot as my blog is quite new. I especially recommend blogengage, it is not only a good traffic source but also give me a good blogger networking.
Thanks for sharing this post.

Dave September 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

I’m just now actively making more of an effort with many of these tactics to try and get more out of my blog. However, I actually found the Stumbleupon has been providing me with some pretty good traffic.

Will September 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hi Wayne,

Very comprehensive – and easy to see why you’ve had so much initial and well-deserved success with your blog.

Thanks by the way for reminding me about LinkedIn – I think it may prove to be a good place to gain a wider audience for the Noaspa campaign. So I’m putting it a lot higher on my “things to do” list right now !

Cheers

Will

Ricky September 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

I am starting a new blog and these site are really good traffic sources for me. Besides, I am using Stumbleupon.
Thanks very much for sharing this. :)

Viral September 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

hey. thats awesome one. love it. great work.

Daniel Sharkov@Reviewz 'n' Tips September 5, 2010 at 4:01 am

I recently came across BlogEngage and it definitely turned out to be a great place to get your site viewed and to get social. Twitter on the other hand also has the potential to bring tons of traffic, but at the moment it is quite challenging for me. I found LinkedIn to be recommended on quite some blogs, so I registered there, but the whole site looked quite confusing and I wasn’t able to get into it. Other than that, great article Wayne!

Katherine S. September 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Wayne,

Thanks a lot for this encouraging post!
I just got started with blogging last week and I’m still designing my blog. Hope to get my first post out next week – your post will definitely serve as a blueprint to build traffic in the next months!

Take care,
Katherine

Abhishek-seekersfind.com September 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

Hi
I came to this post by your blog and found it is really awesome.You used great sites and techniques to get traffic and success

Thanks For Sharing
-Abhishek

Matthew DC September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Awesome post! I found your blog through JamesTheJust (TheAverageGenius) and boy am I glad I did. I guess my journey to your site just re-affirms everything you are saying about networking and how important it is.

I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and picking up some more advice. We can never stop learning in this ever evolving business.

- Matthew DC

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I’m glad it was a reaffirmation for you. And you hit the nail right on the head, learning is a never ending process. Thanks!

Mike @ Tech and Biz Gadgets September 3, 2010 at 1:01 am

Wayne,

These are great tips and super great guest post! I was not aware of bloggerluv and a few other sites before. I will sure to check those out. You have learned to learning curve quickly, keep it up!

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

Thanks. Glad I was able to tell you about them!

Car Broker September 3, 2010 at 12:48 am

Excellent tip for blogging successes, thanks for the information.

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:52 am

No problem! Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy@The Game of Life September 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Wayne, youre a pure natural, I guess I told you that already ;)

Looks like you monitored the stats from each social network which is really good. I havent really thought of that. I should try and do that to my facebook page and invite some old friends to visit my site, except I guess for the people who added me from Vampire Wars :P

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

Yea, it really helps. Most of them should at least be curious and check it out. That’s what happened with me.

Hey, invite the Vampire Wars peeps, they will be the late night visitors LOL.

Samir@Cool SEO Tips September 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Wow! A Guru in 30 days! The best bloggers around took years (though they didn’t have much support back then). I’m waiting to see what you turn into in a couple of months :)

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:52 am

I wouldn’t say I’m a “guru” O.o. But I’ll take it! LOL. Nah seriously, just want to share the things I’ve learned with people to try to help them out.

Whether that makes me an expert or a “guru”, I dunno.

But thanks!

Melinda September 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Wayne your blog is a success because you are such a helpful, caring, outgoing guy who writes great posts. You are right in that it is really important to make those connections with other bloggers in the beginning to get some momentum building. BloggerLuv definitely boosted me up significantly. Wonderful tips!

Ileane@Basic Blog Tips September 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Hey Wayne, nothing like a few great guest posts to keep the momentum going! You are really on the move and I support you all the way to the top. Thanks for showing such incredible Luv for BloggerLuv too.

Congratulations on your success!

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:49 am

No problem and Thank you! BloggerLuv will always be my home, gotta show some luv to it!

Jason @ SEO Strategies September 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Great work there Wayne. I was also impressed with the number of traffic you are getting from social media channels. I’ve been a member of bloggerluv for about a month now as well, and even though I wasn’t that active, it is one of the sites that generates traffic to my blog.

Well, I actually enjoyed reading this entry because I learned something new here, 2 new things to be specific :) Blog engage and FeedDemon, I’m not really into blogging, but I’m starting to get the hang of it, so I guess I have to try those new cool recommendations.

Regards,
Jason

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:48 am

Glad it could be a help to you and teach you about 2 new things. That was the goal to just help someone out. Mission Accomplished!

Karen Cruz@Hot Poetry September 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

These are all very easy things anyone can do to get their blog up off the ground along with motivation and desire to do so. You know I had to Stumble this!! Great Job!! See you back on Twitter/BloggerLuv.

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:47 am

Yea they are. Just takes a little research to find out what works. Thanks and see ya later!

Adriane September 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Very informative! Thanks for sharing.

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Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:46 am

Glad you thought so! Thanks!

Jean Sarauer September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I think another reason you’ve been doing so great is you’ve got an enthusiastic personality and that draws folks in. You’re doing great! My blog was a bit of a slow starter, but commenting on other blogs is what started things moving. I’ve had the same experience with social bookmarking sites as you. My bounce rate stays about 2% (I have lots of posts on the sidebar for people to dig into) but social bookmarking site users only stick around a minute or less, so I figure why go after them? I love Twitter, Facebook, and visitors from other blogs though!

Wayne Howard September 3, 2010 at 4:45 am

Wow 2% is pretty good. I added a top posts widget awhile back so I hope it will encourage people to explore more.

And exactly with the social bookmarking. If someone wants to submit my posts to one of them, go for it but I’m not going to actively do it myself.

Sherryl Perry September 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Great post Wayne. Glad to see that you used LinkedIn. That’s one of the most valuable social networking sites that I have found. I look forward to reading more posts from you!

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Just recently added LinkedIn to the arsenal. Still trying to make it part of my everyday routine I have seen the benefits though. Thanks!

TJ McDowell@Photography Education September 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I like your enthusiasm. I’ll be adding your blog to my reader. It’s pretty amazing how fast your blog has grown. I’ve been doing my blog with a semi-weekly posting schedule now for about 3 months, and I haven’t seen even close to the same results as you saw in your first month!

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thanks buddy. Appreciate it. I saw that you already made a stop to my blog, I will take a look at your also!

I use to have an everyday posting schedule but now I take it easy, let things marinate a bit. I just go at my own pace now.

Wayne Farey September 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

Congrats Wayne!! You certainly blazed the trail, and even though you have been in the game for such a short, others including myself can learn from you.

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Wayne. Glad to hear from you. I can never get a peep from you on Twitter LOL.

Mitchell Allen September 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

Wayne, you’ve proven the value of Facebook, once and for all, for anyone who is still on the fence.

What I most appreciate about your workflow is that you leveraged each opportunity AT THE RIGHT TIME! So many of us ran out and opened Twitter accounts without a clue. (Of course, it was brand new, so we can be forgiven, right? :) )

This really is a blueprint for blogging success. Too bad you weren’t around back when I first started. I would have learned a lot from you!

Since you did ask, I’ll just say that my traffic didn’t pick up until I joined BloggerLuv.com. Part of it has to do with the fact that I update very rarely.
However, when I participate in fun blog memes, I get the spike, but not the subscribers. On the other hand, when I comment on members’ blogs, we begin to build relationships and repeat visits to each other’s blogs.

Finally, like you, I have a couple of popular items: one is Blogmogrifier and the other is a tutorial on fixing a very specific CAPTCHA error. These two try to follow your last piece of advice: “Write Good Content”.
(I hope we can get you up and running on that software ;) )

Cheers,

Mitch

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Yea man, you gotta send me the link. I’ve been dying to use it LOL.

But I’m glad I could benefit others. I didn’t know anything I was doing was so spectacular. I was kind of curious when my Alexa would drop 20,000 points in one day though. That might not be normal, no?

Chantel Richard September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Congrats on your success. The passion that you have for blogging and displaying your personality in your writing will take you far. I am astonished with the amount of support that you have obtain your the blogging community. Keep going strong.

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks! :-) I try my best!

Thank you for being supportive.

Kissie September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

Aww, I’m sorry you don’t have any hardships of beginning a blog to compare with yours …. let’s just say, we need to chat. I can’t paint you a very clear picture.

I like how you “get around” and glad you did because it has certainly paid off for you. (#3)

I’ve seen your late night tweets about “blog chat” but didn’t stop to ask what it was. When my plate is full, I don’t beg for more. That’s another thing about you, you get it all and apply it quickly.

You are a quick learner and that’s easy to see because you are definitely teaching me.

Thanks, and great job for Tia! She’s smart too. ;-)

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

LOL. You will have to tell me about it later.

You should definitely join in on the next #blogchat. It is pretty fast paced but a lot of good information is shared and great networking is done.

And yes, I have to thank Tia again for letting me post. She’s great.

Evelyn Bourne September 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

Congratulations on such a bang-up first month of blogging. I’m going to follow you on Twitter.

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

I got you. Followed back. Thanks! I’m gonna check out your blog.

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

Definitely. If you are going to open the flood gates, have to be ready for the flood. :-)

Thanks!

Dev@Make Money Blogging September 2, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hey Wayne,

Awesome Post man. Some great tips there..!!
I’ve heard many good things about linkdin, but never got time to try it.
Now i’m going to check it out.

Thanks for sharing this great Post man.

~Dev

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Yes, definitely worth it and the hardest part is actually just setting up your profile. I admit that I hate filling out job applications and that’s what it feels like to me.

If you do create an account, feel free to connect with me!

Imran Yousaf September 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

That’s a remarkable achievement in such short time. Most of new comer just learn about wordpress in this time period. Well, it depends on interest. Some are too much passionate that they only think about blogging and blogging. Your “about me” page is interesting. Your passion will make you a success blogger. Define your goals for specific time period and concentrate on it.

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 8:08 am

Thanks for checking out my About page. I have been meaning to update it a bit but it’s refreshing to hear it is “interesting” LOL. Not sure what all that means but I will take it.

Thank you.

Imran Yousaf September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Defining Goals:-
Bloggers set goals to measure their success, growth in specific time period of blogging. E.g 1000 number of Subscriber in one year time period, X number of facebook fan in 6 months or one year or x number of comments after Y number of posts. By doing this, they are able to measure their growth.
New comers Learn…:-
Newbies are not able to learn all thing that you have mentioned in above posts. Most of time they are trapped watching stats and forget about blogging.

Any other thing that is not understandable yet?

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

Oh no, I meant the part about my About page being interesting LOL. I understood everything else but thank you.

Imran Yousaf September 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

Hmm. Let’s discuss interesting part of your “About Me” page. You might have noticed that from your guest post I read your “About Me” page to know about your personal achievements. I personally like such pages and find motivation for myself e.g Syed Balkhi’s about me page http://bit.ly/cpLHs8 and Neil Patel at http://bit.ly/XIsi8. They are awesome people.
Keep adding your achievement in your About Me page.

John Paul September 2, 2010 at 6:55 am

Wayne great post man. and Congrats on your success,, keep it up.

And TY fr mentioning the Twitter Dummy

Tia Peterson September 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

re: twitter dummy; that was me being a ninja dude. :)

Wayne Howard September 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

Yea, I was about to mention that LOL. But thank you!

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