Technorati placed the figure of blogs floating all over the world to be a little above 160 million, this kind of statistics should scare anyone who intends to stand out in the blog-o-sphere. In the early 2000, it would have been easy to be heard because the amount of bloggers were relatively low, but all that has changed with blogging now becoming a professional job that requires you to work professionally to magnet desired results.
So you decided to start a blog and you are wondering; how do I ever get noticed in an ecosystem of blogs? I could quench your taste for answers a little bit with these 30 ways to get noticed as a new blogger.
Let me begin with my blogging principle which has kept the passion for blogging up till this moment and that is; there is always a will to succeed, everyone has got that will but what is lost is the “desire to prepare” to succeed. Anyone who refuses to have a goal will most likely not have a compelling dream. Set goals and always aim for excellence!
Initiating The Process
1. Content is King
I know you have heard so much about “Content is King” and already gotten bored with the same phrase poping up in your screen every day. The honest truth is that, Content isn’t king anymore, but “Excellent Content is King.” You will need to raise your standards and push yourself to the very extreme to ensure you don’t just publish contents, but contents that provide high quality answers to people’s needs.
2. Build Relationship
There isn’t anyone who can claim to know it all, you will need to get out of your comfort zone and interact with top bloggers. Proud people do not ask questions that’s why they arrive at the shores of failure, it’s take humility to ask the right kind of questions and believe me, there isn’t any top blogger who wouldn’t want to answer intelligent questions.
3. Be Unique
There is always a feeling to look like someone, to behave like someone or to mimic one’s blog entirely. One thing that won’t change is that everyone else is already taken, so you can’t really be like anyone. The desire to be like someone else would cause more issues for you as you have to stress yourself to attain results when in reality, you can achieve results commensurate with your effort by being unique. My dear friend Emmanuel Cudjoe is one unique blogger and that has been one of his strategies for success.
4. Mention Bloggers
Now that you have built relationship, you need to back it up with mentioning them anytime they can fit into your post. Also let them know you mentioned them, they would be glad and share your articles with their blogging community.
5. Interview Bloggers
When Sam Adeyinka started his blog, there was something really unique I saw on his blog and that’s the “interview” section. Unaware to him, I really do love that section and for that singular reason, I have been a consistent reader of his blog. Learning and sharing new things, he also granted me a spot to be interviewed in my most favorite section of his blog which he titled A Chat with Nosa.
6. Be Controversial
This is top secret 😀 , being controversial leads to an atmosphere that brings unusual attention. This is a very deadly tool and you must set a limit to how controversial you should be. Too much of such articles can potentially tear your blog apart, but bringing out incredible points to back your opinion should work like a charm for you. As usual, prepare for trolls that will condemn you and your article to death. You can take a look at one of my controversial articles here.
7. Be A Reviewer
I am not talking about sponsored reviews here, where your judgment is influenced by the quantity of dollar bills that enters your account. Write honest reviews and drop potential points that makes the product shameful or fantastic. I realized the importance of writing sincere reviews after getting a mail from one of Sony’s representatives. It was a commendation and I was particularly happy because being fundamentally honest still pays. 🙂
8. Use Smiley
My friends who communicate with me on Social networks know I can’t do without smiley. It reflects my mood and I tend to chat longer because of this. I do have smiley in some of my posts, reflecting my mood at the time of writing or in relation to a point. It’s a nice way to draw attention.
9. Write Guest Post
I wrote my first set of guest posts in 2013 and they gave me more exposure. In one of my guest posts, that’s where I started a relationship with Emmanuel Cudjoe, who has played a vital role in my journey as a blogger. So my first guest post was published in Babanature’s blog, one blogger I hold in very high esteem. He is the most humble blogger I have come across in my blogging career.
Hint: Find The Other Two Guest Posts Below
Has Blogging Ruined Your Social Life?
Scaling The Brick-wall Of The Blog-o-sphere
10. Make The Most Out Of Twitter
Oscar Frank gave some vital tips about getting conversion from twitter and it works. You can connect with bloggers in your niche via Twitter and be heard. Don’t go spamming, otherwise you would become irreverent
11. Let The World Know You Have A Blog
Talk about your blog on Facebook and maintain a character that befits a king. Your blog is your global office; the amount of exposure you give it will attract its monetary equivalent. Use your blog URL as signatures in reputable forums and maintain a general character of trust online.
No one love the word “Spend” in blogging but you can’t run away from it if you so desire the status of a pro blogger. Spend a few bucks in promoting those lovely articles of yours on FaceBook and ordering sponsored tweets. If you have got enough money in your wallet, you could still spend some in making the most out of Google Adword.
13. Change Your Blog To A Brand
Blogging is quite easy, what’s difficult is branding. You need to have a clear idea of what you want your blog to be and start the process of converting it into a brand. I almost lost course after adding a personal development category to my blog, evidently derailing the core philosophy of what it stood for. Spend a few bucks in growing your Facebook fanpage, I guess that’s a easy way to kick-start the branding process.
14. Add Social Sharing Icons On Your Blog
Make the most of social engagement by providing easy and effective ways to share your articles. It shouldn’t be off-putting as to annoying your readers. Everything has to be done moderately.
15. Mobile Friendly Blog
There are enormous steps to optimizing your blog for mobile users and one of such is ensuring your template is responsive. If it isn’t, you can use DudaMobile or MobilePress to let the growing mobile users have a taste of what you have got to offer.
16. Make A List Of Incredible Bloggers in Your Niche
published an article on his blog, showing a plethora of bloggers doing exceeding great in their niche. That was a traffic puller as lots of people wanted to see who made and who didn’t make the list. In the exception of that, it also brings you closer to whoever you decide to include in your list.
17. Use Eye Grabbing Images
Picture says a thousand words hence you can’t afford to leave it to chance. Carefully select images that are crystal clear and blends with the message you are passing out.
You can write articles solving problems and share the solution on forums like Yahoo Answers and Nairaland. The solution is obviously going to have your URL Underneath, so you get the reward for solving problems.
19. Never Under-estimate Bookmarking Sites
20. Utilize Social Hubs
There are also great Content Management Systems you can share your articles and interact with bloggers and readers. Blogengage, BizSuagar, Klinkk,
Blokube should all work for you. Don’t forget to read their terms so you don’t get kicked.
Make your blog compatible with Google Authorship standards. This will allow Google show your face in search queries, leading to greater conversion. There are few search queries I initialize and once I see the face of Don Caprio, I don’t hesitate to click because he has created a reputable identity.
22. Write E-books
Jide Ogunsanya wrote an excellent e-book on how to set up a blog so anytime someone makes an inquiry; I simply direct him to download the e-book from Ogbongeblog’s sidebar. His e-book alone has set him on the train of authority. I wrote my first e-book in 2013 and it’s really emotional for me receiving mails from bloggers thanking me for changing their beliefs about blogging. 🙂 You too can write an e-book and magnet attention.
23. Create Videos
Obasi Miracle shared his blogging resolution for the year 2014 and that included creating more videos, I was simply wowed because that’s a fantastic decision. More incredible videos, more exposure. That’s how it works buddy.
Make sure your blog complies with Search Engine Optimization standards to ensure you have great SERP rankings. Over optimization will ultimately lead to a sudden flight in traffic, but Google and Bing have sophisticated bots to get you and once they do, you’d regret having a blog.
25. Organize Seminars and Webinars
Don’t hide your knowledge, go to schools, churches and organize Seminars, if you are good, more bodies will come at your feet begging you to give more talks.
26. Add Your Blog To Directories
AllTop and Technorati are amongst the best directories to add your blog.
There is more;
27. Have a great blog design or hire someone to make your blog attractive
28. Create infographics
29. Drop great comments on great blogs
30. Make your comment section easy to use
My final tip is for you buddy, is to make reading a great habit. Readers are great bloggers. The more you read, the more likely you will get more information that can really make your blog lovable.
Over To You
You have read so much and I am really sorry for taking so much of your time, but I guess you have learned something. If you did, do not hesitate to drop it on the comment box. If you have other compelling solutions, it would be great to drop it too so the blog-o-sphere remains in perfect shape.