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The Power of Consistent Stats and How to Get Them

Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  Well, sometimes your stats on WordPress can be that compliment.

Whether you’re promoting a business, a book, or you simply want to rant about whatever you’re passionate about, everybody loves the feeling of seeing your stats skyrocket.  Even better than that is seeing that your stats are consistent; you have people that keep coming back for more.  People who care.

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Don’t get me wrong; stats don’t mean everything.  You can have great stats but lack a vibrant community.  But receiving lots of traffic produces a positive effect in itself.

The question becomes, how do you ensure good stats–lots of traffic–and do it consistently?

The short, cop-out answer that some bloggers like to give is that there IS no method for successful blogging.  It’s all hit-or-miss.  Or you’re told “Just keep writing and be passionate and everything will work out.”  It’s like a Disney princess threw up or something.

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Snow White WOULD throw up rainbows and stars…

I’d like to argue that there ARE methods for successful blogging–a lot of us might be familiar with these techniques.  What might be lacking though is execution.  Either way, what keeps the fire going for me is my stats, and I’ve learned a few things in the stoking of that fire.

  1. Write about something that lots of people like or enjoy, but do it in a different way.  This involves finding your niche, but instead of just becoming a PART of the niche, you ADD something to it.  Not to talk about myself, but it’s ridiculous how many hits my post about the anime Fullmetal Alchemist still gets, even though I published it years ago.  Why?  Because tons of people like Fullmetal Alchemist, but I wrote about the series in a way that fans aren’t used to.  I ADDED to the discussion concerning the anime, instead of just joining the voices of all the adoring fans out there.
  2. Write about something that people can appreciate or find useful.  Helpful tips, personal experiences, and being controversial can garner a lot of attention.  Everyone likes a post that helps them or encourages them to see the world in a different way.
  3. See what other people are writing and what works for them.  It’s OK to be something of a copycat–it’s how we learn.  Especially in the field of writing and blogging.  The more you read, the better a writer you become.  Similarly, the more you study successful blogs, the more you’re able to fashion your own blog in a successful manner.

These are my methods for getting consistent stats—what are yours?  Do you agree or disagree?  As always, I want to know, what do you think?

 

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What Makes a Successful Blog Post?

Writing a post that both grabs your reader and then keeps them interested can be tough.  A good title is a good place to start…but after that?  How do you know that people are even reading the 250+ words in between the title and the last sentence?

Several of my posts have been EXTREMELY successful.  Most popular would be To All New Bloggers Out There and The Reason Why People “Like” But They Don’t Comment.

After reflecting on the posts mentioned above, I started to wonder, what makes a successful blog post?

Relevance

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This first point I cannot stress enough.  If you don’t write about anything that your readers care about, your article will be MAJORLY overlooked.  It doesn’t matter how perfectly you proofread, how perfectly you word each sentence; if your audience doesn’t care about the subject of your article, it’s just another post in their news-feed.

A big part of “Relevance” corresponds to having integrity…meaning that you consistently write about the same things, you target the same audience, etc.  For example, if you love blogging about anime, a review of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice MIGHT appeal to some people, and some of your followers MIGHT be interested…but if your audience comprises mostly of fellow anime-watchers and bloggers, your article may seem downright irrelevant.

Have integrity.  Blog about things you KNOW your followers will appreciate.  This is the first step to creating a post that gets the attention it deserves.

Simplicity

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This depends on your audience, if I’m being honest (and I prefer to be honest 😉 ).  However, when in doubt, try to keep your posts neat and simple; easy to read and friendly to the eye.  No one likes opening up a post only to see massive, 500-word paragraphs, with no pictures or subtitles.

Think about what YOU want to see or what keeps YOUR attention when you read an article.  Chances are, you aren’t reading something that looks like a science textbook (and even those might have pictures!).  Keep sentences uncomplicated and to the point, and speak in a voice that is inviting and human, not so sophisticated you sound like a Victorian robot.

Have A Point

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Seems like a no-brainer, right?  But it’s true.  Your article should ALWAYS have a point, instead of being a collection of ideas that don’t relate to one another.  If you’re trying to say something to your reader, make sure you say it.  Sure, if your blog is the type where you like to vent and let off some steam, maybe “having a point” isn’t necessary.  But, sooner or later, your readers will like to know that your thoughts (as wonderful as they are) are actually going somewhere!

It Doesn’t Stop There…

There are plenty more things, I’m sure, that go into a successful blog post.  Have you ever written an article that just NAILED it?  Any advice you’d like to share?  I love hearing your thoughts.

What do you think?

A Writer Is Not…

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A writer is not scared.  He or she can’t be.  We have to be willing to accept the challenges, the looks, the inner and outer demons, in order to truly say that we are writers.

We all get doubts.  Is this career even possible?  Will I ever go anywhere with my writing?  Will anyone want to read my stuff?

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A writer is not scared.

A writer is also not alone.

Every single day can feel like agony if you convince yourself that you’re alone…but you’re not.  WordPress is a great place to make acquaintances with other writers and build a community.  It’s hard to be a writer and feel like you are your only fan, you’re the only person looking out for you, you’re the only person going through all the struggles.  Well, you’re not.

A writer is not alone.

A writer is also not a cry baby.

Look, nobody likes criticism.  But, in the words of my father, criticism is the only way that we can truly grow.  As writers, we need to be critics of ourselves; we have to be willing to let go and change what we’ve done, even though it hurts to do so.  We have to be willing to listen to others, take advice, and be humble when an editor says “This is crap”.

A writer is not a cry baby.

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A writer is also not a quitter.

So many writers…MOST writers, I daresay, could’ve quit.  They could’ve said “You know what, I’m too busy.  I can’t make time to write.”  It’s so easy to make excuses, it’s so easy to just forget about it for one day, or resign ourselves to the belief that it’s not possible.  We’ll never finish the book, we’ll never get a contract, no one will like us.

Lies.  All of them.  If you are a writer, than you cannot be a quitter.

A writer is not a quitter.

Or a cry baby.

Or alone.

Or scared.

Now get out there and do it.  Write!


So I wrote a fantasy novel!  It’s called Elithius.  It’s only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle, and only $12 as a paperback.  You can check it out here.  You’re welcome.

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

What I Learned From a Year of Blogging

February is my blogging anniversary month.  Yay me!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been one year.  It feels like it’s been sooo much longer.  Over the course of the year, I’ve tried to accomplish many things, and I’ve learned a lot through my blogging experiences.  I’d like to share what I’ve learned with all of you.

You Need To Be Determined

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If you aren’t determined to accomplish your goals, nothing will ever happen.  Seriously.  Even in the blogosphere, nothing gets handed to you on a silver platter.  This is just a truth that is inescapable.  You have to work hard if you want to see results.

For example, I always want more followers.  I mean, who doesn’t?  Of course, with me, things are a little different.  I’m writing a book series, and I would love to have a multitude of adoring fans.  When I first started blogging, I thought that everyone would LOVE my ideas.  They would LOVE the fact that I’m a teenager who has some great writing skills.

Well, I was wrong.  Because everybody else was trying to promote their own ideas.  And there are lots of other teen writers out there.  I wasn’t special.

At least, to everybody else, I wasn’t special.  I knew that I DID have something special to offer everyone; the problem became, “How do I prove it to them?”

You need to be determined if you want to blog.  People think that blogging is easy, or that anyone can do it and be successful.  Well, anyone can!  But only if you are willing to persevere and fight to have your voice heard.  Let’s face it, there’s a lot of competition!

Build a Community

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In spite of the fact that there is a lot of competition (and there is!), it’s important that you build a community of loyal followers.  The relationship needs to be a two-way street though.  You have to be willing to be a follower of OTHERS.  Being present in the blogosphere is important, but it doesn’t mean being selfish and only thinking about you.  Don’t just blog about your personal endeavors; in fact, don’t just blog.  Read.  Allow yourself to become interested in what other people are doing.

This kind of attitude will help diffuse the feeling of competition.  Overall, I’d say that this kind of friendly support is called NETWORKING.  And, if you’re trying to promote ANYTHING, networking is extremely important!!!

Read other peoples’ posts.  Comment.  Share.  Get to know the bloggers around you.  Believe me, it’s worth your time!

Find Your Niche

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This can be difficult, depending on what you write about.  I used to write about anime, and, although there is a growing presence of anime-bloggers, I just couldn’t fit in to this group.  My series, Elithius, used to be anime-esque, so I thought finding an anime audience was a good idea.  But there really just isn’t a large enough audience of people who like to watch anime and read books at the same time!

So I made my books more literary, more fantasy-esque, and took away some of the anime-feel.  Then I started searching for people who were interested in fantasy and sci-fi.

Bingo.

I found my niche in this area of the blogosphere.  It wasn’t too hard to find people who were interested in fantasy and sci-fi, all you have to do is search for tags or categories under those names.  But finding people who were equally interested in MY blog?  That was harder.  But it was worth the search.

Blogging, networking, and building a community is so much more rewarding when you are surrounded by supportive, like-minded writers!

Learn From Other Bloggers

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This relates to being determined.  You have to be willing to learn what styles of writing attract or keep people’s attention.  You have to learn what works and what doesn’t.  The best way to do this is to go follow some really popular blogs.  Observe their techniques, and try to emulate them.  Lots of bloggers out there (like yours truly) blog about blogging, and these are great blogs to follow.

Don’t be stubborn and try to “do your own thing”.  Believe me, this rarely works.  The truth is, there are systems and methods for how to post regularly, find time to read and socialize, and still get enough sleep.  And these systems and methods work.  You don’t have to waste time trying to create your own.

Find the flow and go with it.  This will help you to be successful.


Overall, I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished through blogging.  But there’s still a lot more work to be done.  Guess I’d better keep at it!  Thanks for being great followers!


What do you think?  What have you learned since you began blogging?