Blogger Advice from the Successful to the Wanna Be Successful
I interviewed these bloggers for one reason: I want to be where they are. Each of the bloggers you meet today currently have more bloggers, greater shares, higher stats, more content, and are generally making more money from their blog than I am. When I was a student at North Carolina State University (go Wolfpack!!!), a finance professor once told me, “Seek advice from those you would like to be like.”
My professor was not insinuating that I should copy those successful people. He also wasn’t advising I put energy into wishing I was them instead of myself. Rather, he was encouraging me to seek information and tips from people who had “been there done that.” He taught me to learn from their mistakes before I wasted my time on the same ones. He believes in encouragement, and taught me where to look for the positive influences.
Additionally, that Ag Finance professor (yeah – you heard me; I’m an agricultural student writing this blog 😉 ) taught me to give back. So now that I’ve asked these bloggers for their time and help, I’m now sharing with you. Those who are also trying to blog. I hope it helps!
Now…. on to the Bloggers!!!!!!!
blog where the owner raises a 13 year old, 6 year old, and 3 year old. Her most successful step has been investing her social media time into Pinterest. As a DIY’er, Pinterest drives more traffic than all of her other sources combined. The tip she needs to reitterate to all other bloggers is to not try to just “keep up with big bloggers and post mediocre content just to get more post.” “This is a marathon, not a sprint,” and if you are blogging with a goal of money, be patient. Ultimately, she wants other bloggers to work smarter, not harder.
The Special Reds is a blog close to my heart, although I just recently found her. Kera maintains a blog with 25,000 views all while parenting three special needs children: 11 yrs (autistic), 8 years (rare blood genetic disorder), and 2 (born with bilateral cleft pallet). Like the other authors, she says to keep at it and not give up, but also that her greatest success action step was creating a Facebook account in order to create relationships with other bloggers – reaching out. People care, you just have to find the right people.
Mothering a 2 year old daughter and a 3month old son, Ruth at Pea
Fritters brings about 2500 views per month. After Ruth writes her posts, she always re-reads them. She tries to see her posts from the reader’s point of view. What is a reader getting out of the post? What is Ruth giving to her followers? This simple, yet important, action step keeps her content not only good, but wowing and amazing. Also, Ruth tells us that keeping a list of realistic goals is important, but to always let blogging complement your life instead of overpowering it.
Single Mom What a Life is such a beautiful little blog, reaching success with around 14,000 page views. She parents one three year old, but she does it on her own! Her single tip that is critical to success is to a) not be afraid to discuss topics that go there, and b) doing the research prior to publishing. However, because she doesn’t want to be “just another blog,” and “just another opinion,” she does real research far beyond a simple google search. Her research consists of using studies and professionals, not just other moms. She takes the boring grunt work out so new moms can find the answers to their questions in a reliable and trusty way. Connecting with others is critical, and loosing the passion and love for writing defeats the purpose all together.