5 Secrets to Successful Blogging

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all have had a good start to your week and are well on your way to accomplishing everything you set out to do! We are always up to something fun whether it's working in the yard or working on projects indoors! We have all heard, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"!

Well, that quote goes for so many areas in our lives. Whether you already enjoy a hobby or want to find your hobby… DO IT and excel in it! Always have the next step for growth planned out and work towards it! I have been busy planning, working, and accomplishing goals and I'll be the first to say that it just feels good to keep crossing tasks off my to-do list!

Today, I want to share 5 secrets to a better blog for those of you who truly enjoy blogging but may feel "...stuck in a rut...", or are asking yourself "where do I go from here with my blog?"

I am going to share with you what I have learned over the course of my blogging experience. I am not a professional by any means but, I enjoy blogging, immensely. I have done so.much.research and spent so.much.time listening to interviews and seminars. I have read and dissected other successful blogs and talked to very successful individuals figuring out just what the key points are for a successful blog or website. Here are the top 5 key points, that stand out in my mind, and please note they are not in "order of importance". These 5 things are all very important!

1.) Display quality photos! Always go the extra mile to get a nice quality photo for whatever you choose to display on your blog. It's totally worth it. It not only engrosses your readers but it will offer more appeal. It also gives you, as the publisher, a greater sense of accomplishment when you hit that "Publish" button because you didn't settle for less but gave it your best shot, no pun intended. ;p

2.) Choose appropriate content for your readers and the audience you are wanting to attract. For some bloggers, this part can be very tricky, and for others it's a no brainer. Either way, specify what you are offering and stick to it… your followers chose to follow you for that very reason - don't disappoint them with something off the main course. This is an easy way to loose followers, for sure.

3.) Work with Trusted Businesses to grow your blog in ways such as, advertisement, affiliate links, and overall blog growth. I have used and recommend SnapWidget for adding photo grids and slideshows to my blog. I use the Free Plan currently, and it works great. However, I do have a code for my readers if anyone is interested in using the Lite or Pro versions of Snapwidget; you can try it out for one month free of charge. The code is: SNAPCBC. It is good indefinitely and again, your first month is free using this code.

4.) Use Social Media and link all of your accounts together. When someone is interested in what you have to offer you need to make is super easy for them to click from one social media site to another.

5.) Be consistent with posting. Most followers follow you for a reason! (haha no brainer!) Meaning that they like what you offer and want to know more… AND more… and MORE. They have followed you specifically because they trust that you are going to give them ideas, information, and knowledge on whatever topic your blog/website is about. They want to be able to come back to your site for the latest tips, decor, techniques, etc.

These 5 topics are really what is going to help anyone have a successful blog. Whether you are new to blogging or have been "around" but in a rut; I hope that this post will be a huge help to you in your blogging journey.

Have a great day everyone!

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