Let’s talk about “stickyness” today.
What is it and how can it be created on your blog.
A blogs success is in keeping it’s readers come back – everytime! You can buy traffic, run competitions, give away stuff or run a link-give-away offer even to get traffic. But they will never give you loyal readers.
Loyal readers come back to you all the time, they love your blog, they love your writing, they love you – as a blogger.
Personally, i prefer a handful of loyal readers to a large volume of one-time visitors.And to create loyal readers,you need stickyness to your blog.
Stickyness means the ability of your blog to keep pulling people in, when they are detached or within the loop – at your wish.
Let’s see how we can create loyal readers to your blog.This will deal mainly about keeping the quality in your articles,how to keep them genuine and addictive to readers.
– Stick to your topics, keep them focussed.
Do you have a long category list? Even worse, does it get lengthier with each new post?
I must then warn you that your blog is at risk.Risk of losing your readers(who you managed to get with much pain!)
You know that there are already plenty of blogs out there, there is no reason someone must read your blog to get updated on technology. If you don’t blog it there’s 99% chance that somebody else will.
So, keep the number of topics focussed and less.You don’t want to write about all the technology advancements in the world – probably Nano-technology or Bio-Technology. That makes it easier for your reader to remember you,your blog and relate it to the topics you write.
So stick to the topics, keep them concentrated, keep them updated but never deviate from them. Every time you are tempted to deviate from the topics – just read your archives and you’ll be busy posting updations.
Deviating from your topic means only one thing – decrease in number of repeated visitors – directly proportional!
The blogosphere is all about crowds – talking – chats – speakers – shouts and the like. Folksonomy as it’s called.Your blog readers are a pool of think-tanks, get them talking.You never know, some one out there might correct you on a point. But let it be a dialogue, knowledge sharing is mutually beneficial isn’t it? in this case, it’s a 3D thing – you – your
reader- and other readers. All of the three entities are involced and benefitted. So leave room for your visitors to think and respond to you.Interact with them, if possible, through your blog and not elsewhere. Avoid(where ever possible) email chat/IM chats but encourage people to use your contact form – they are likely to move to an archive page once the form is submitted, but in an IM chat, they are not even on your site 😉
Read/reply to comments
Okay, you’ve left room for interaction in the form of comments and there are lot of them.It’s not time for celebration yet.They are all questions to be answered.Unless you take care of them at the right time, they become liabilities. Now you can guess what a visitor will do and what impression he gets of the blogger when his questions are unanswered.So make a habit of commenting as well as replying to them. You can answer them all together once in a while rather than answering them one by one.This will save time as well as keep you focussed.
You can’t go on preaching about things all the time. Well, you may be a master of “AdSense Monetization” or “Online money making” thingy but, how can you give answers when you don’t have questions? People have questions in their mind when they visit your site,and before they leave, it’s your duty to answer them.So asking them questions, is one way of making your life easy.Ask questions, to which you yourself have an inclination to.Thereby, you are showing your visitor that you value them, you want to know their opinion.So, when writing articles it’s a good point to leave a question cleverly embedded in it. It will keep the cycle vicious.
Disagreeing is yet another way to express your thoughts on a particular topic. Suppose you read that article on online money making at a blog, but you think otherwise.Let your thoughts flow to your posts – let others(blogger) know that he missed thinking from your perspective or what he said was absolutely wrong. Disagreeing won’t be seen as a negative thing, instead it’s an opportunity to prove that you think or not.You can disagree only if you think.So please do it to your visitors or another blogger who wrote an article on the same topic you are interested in.It shows that you are genuine and your ideas are free.Your visitors will love it.
Don’t get corrupted
When there is a flurry of information, it’s easy to get mislead, and it can get you thinking wrong even.Your readers may not enjoy it at all.Sometimes it even leads to you disagreeing or thinking otherwise about a topic you might have already blogged about.Remember, there are archives in your blog, they are read by your visitors if not you – so don’t get corrupted by wrong information that you gathered yesterday.Keep yourself focussed on the topics you are interested, filter away the wrong ones and make your articles crisp and clear.
By consistency I mean, maintaining a regularity in posting cycles, and post amounts in the blog.It’s good to develop a habit of posting according to a schedule.That way, people knows what to expect and what they need to dodge. Suppose you post articles on weekdays based on topics and at the weekend you regularly open a game – people who are interested in the game will not miss fridays on your blog.
These are points i gathered from my experience – none of them fabricated. Everybody seems to be trying hard to get more and more visitors, but in the hurry we tend to forget this important point. I did and i payed the price. Hope it helps all the young bloggers out there, not to lose their hard earned traffic.
1 Freeing but Sobering New Blogger Realization
This gig takes work.
This gig takes time.
This gig takes being generous.
This gig takes mindset work.
As I promote my eBook:
I think through a common blogging error. This error is so common that it cripples most bloggers. New bloggers especially. What is the mistake?
New bloggers believe blogging is easy, comfortable, and requires a little work, AND you will quickly and easily make money through blogging. New bloggers expect to make money, like if they worked a job.
Have you sobered up yet as a new blogger? I woke up big-time many years ago. I learn blogging requires study, work and not getting paid for months. Imagine that? You blog and help people everyday for months of your life and see not a penny in earnings. Most human beings panic and quit. Most struggle with this idea. We are all conditioned to expect a pay day after work. Most of us have been employees. Work everyday for 8 hours. Get a paycheck on Thursday. Logical. It makes sense. But blogging is different. Work everyday, sometimes seven days weekly, generously. You may not see a payday for 5 months. But you proceed. This is the wake-up call. Quite sobering. Most bloggers did not visualize blogging going like this. But there is a freeing element that leads to stunning blogging success over the long haul.
Ah yes, the freeing part. Letting go outcomes literally lifts an energetic weight from your mind. How does it feel to do something with zero expectations? Awesome! The work becomes the reward. Everything else like traffic, profits, and other forms of success feel like an extra. Or maybe like a bonus. Or like icing on the cake. Or like a cherry on top. This feels really good. Expectation can be a heavy burden. But if you blog for the fun and love of blogging, you position yourself to be stunningly successful over the long-term.
Every seven figure earner I know worked generously for free for many months or even years of their lives before making millions of dollars through blogging. You have to. Working for free improves your skills and exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure who open multiple streams of income make a lot of money. Simple process. But highly uncomfortable.
See the journey through. Be generous. Sober up, and embrace this freeing concept of blogging. Give freely. Receive easily. Let go expectations. Make the work, the reward. Embracing this lesson as a new blogger puts you well ahead of the herd. Plus you will avoid so many struggles too.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way over very many years. Plus I saw some success, then sprinted back to my old, struggling, failed ways of thinking based on outcomes, for years. Now I just help people generously and release expectations. Serving people feels good. I’ve sobered up enough. Now I am largely free from expectations, I just help people all day long. As my presence and skills expand, success finds me. But only because I freed myself from outcomes and focused on the process.
Be generous. Surround yourself with pro bloggers as a newbie. Learn from these established bloggers. Follow their example. Be generous. Be genuine. Expect little or nothing. Have fun helping people and your blogging star will shine brightly.
What Is a Blogging Tribe?
Much talk has been bandied about blogging tribes over the years. People like myself say you need a tribe to succeed. This is true. But you may be confused. What is a blogging tribe?
Today we will break down the definition to help you understand what goes into building a large, loyal, loving blogging tribe.
So….. What is a blogging tribe? Basically, a blogging tribe is a group of loyal, loving readers who follow your blog posts, read your blog posts, promote your blog posts, and grow your business. Tribemates are friends and fans who read your blog and spread your word. Tribemates also hire you and buy your stuff. Simple definition, right guys?
Tribes can be fans. Tribes can be friends. Doesn’t matter. The main point to keep in mind is that growing a tribe requires persistent, generous effort every single day on your part. Tribes do not grow organically unless you help people for free. Please impress that idea on your mind. You grow your tribe. Then as you grow your tribe, your tribe grows itself, as you tend to your tribe.
Help People for Free
I comment genuinely on blogs to add value to posts and to make friends. Friends I find through this strategy join my tribe. I publish a genuine, generous comment on a blog. My fellow bloggers appreciate the comment and comment on my blog. Said blogger tends to share my post on social media. Sometimes, the blogger mentions me on their blog. In other cases, a blogger asked me to guest post on their blog. My tribe just grew by one member. But I also became a member of their tribe by supporting their blog.
If you want to build a tribe, become a member of other blogger’s tribes. Promote other bloggers. Comment on other blogs. Give whatever you want. Doesn’t that formula just makes sense?
Help people for free. Make friends. Attract your blogging tribe by embodying the concept of being generous.
Be persistent. Being generous for one day or even one week will not cut it. You need to be generous every day for months to slowly, steadily and organically grow your blogging tribe. Grow on people by being helpful. Publish valuable content to give tribemates a reason to follow you.
Stay on Topic
Stay on topic. People love specialists. Generalists? Not so much. Every time you change topics you confuse tribe members who expect you to cover a single topic. Avoid doing this. Cover one topic every post to slowly and steadily grow your blogging tribe.
Invest in a Resource
Buy my tribe building ebook to have a resource handy. Invest money in a system that helps you grow your traffic and profits freely thru tribe-building. I wrote the ebook to cut through any confusion often seen on Triberr. Bloggers join and wonder how in the heck the site works? I lay out 13 practical, simple tips to follow to drive by traffic through the network and to grow your blogging tribe through Triberr.
Tribe-Building Takes Time
Building a tribe takes time, patience, persistence and generous effort. Do not rush things. Do not force things. Allow your tribe to go organically over time. People will follow your blog if you stay on topic, solve their problems and spend a good deal of time off site building friendships. Large, loyal, loving tribes do not grow overnight. See the journey through to build your own loyal, loving tribe and to accelerate your blogging success.
Engage Tribe Mates
Engage tribemates regularly to strengthen bonds. This was one of my mistakes during struggling years. I ignored people who loved what I did and those people disappeared. Lesson learned. Now I answer my tribemate’s questions regularly via email and social media. I thank people who buy my eBooks and courses. I also promote these rocking bloggers if they happen to be skilled bloggers, to strengthen our bond. Keep going back to where you are loved. This is the easiest way to grow loyalty, to strengthen bonds and to grow your tribe.
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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