When you are writing a blog, you usually do it so that you can share your experience and your knowledge with more people. This is one of the reasons why you opt for writing online as opposed to writing in your journal. If however, you want to make a living out of writing a blog, then one thing that you will definitely need is your viewers. The more readers you have, the more views you will get and thus, a higher income. Below are some of the tips that you should take into account in order for your blog to gain more viewers.
- Write engaging content
This is one of the hardest ways of getting viewers, but is also the most rewarding. If you have a bit of trust in yourself, your blog will get noticed. You could write about your passions, your beliefs, your experiences, maybe some events that have changed you. Give your reader something to come back for every time. Write things that will grab their attention in a good way and you will surely win them.
- Make your posts something people can relate to
When you write a text and want people to read it, it is really important to be yourself. Readers want to find something that they can relate to, things that they can apply to their daily lives. If people find the stories that you tell similar to what they are going through, they will continue to read. For example you can write about how you became passionate about writing. Maybe it was after a life changing experience or maybe it was something that you have done all of your life. It might inspire people to do the same and they might share the article with their friends and this way your network of readers will expand.
- Know who your readers are
It is really important to know who your main audience is when you write your blog. You can adapt your posts to what they like and even respond to their requests. For example, people want to learn some tips on how to improve their writing and they might leave a comment requesting a post about it. Remember, that your readers keep your blog alive and their opinions are really important if you want to use your blog as a source of a viable income.
- Communicate with your readers
This is more or less related to tip number three. It is really important to have a comment section on your blog and always respond to your readers’ comments. If you do not know what to say, a simple smiley face might do the trick, or a simple thank you. They want to know that their opinion is important to you and that is why you should not ignore it. Being open to your readers makes them trust you more and have that special connection with you.
- Spread the word
Sometimes, all you have to do to gain followers is to spread the word about your blog. You can share your posts on your social media accounts and also exchange links with other bloggers who have sites written on similar topics.
- Make a giveaway
You know how most sites, when they reach a certain number of followers, readers, subscribers usually have a giveaway? Well, this is actually quite a good strategy. How do you think it works? Just think about it for a minute. When bloggers have a giveaway, they usually put some conditions. You need to subscribe to their blog, like their most recent blog post and share the link to the blog or even tag a certain number of friends. If the blogger wants to simply give his or her latest book or a certain item, he can do so without you having to do all of these steps. Imagine that besides you, there are many more people who share the post and each share adds at least 2 or 3 more clicks to their site. So, just remember to make a giveaway to celebrate something and also gain viewers.
- Make collaborations
We are all best off if we collaborate. For example, you can either opt for collaborating with a brand (they can sponsor you in return for promoting their products or services) or you can collaborate with another blogger. You can try to guest post on his or her blog and get your blog noticed or simply get him or her to mention your blog in one of his or her posts. In return, you can do the same for them. Also, you can write posts together and feature them on both sites (no the same text in two sites, but two texts written by you two) and this way you can generate content and gain more viewers. Wouldn’t that simply be great?
Even if at first, starting a blog might not be so easy, with a bit of faith, you can succeed. The important thing is to never give up. The views will come, and, even if in the beginning you will have a small number of people who read your blog, the important thing is to not panic. Patience is key and you will see that time has a solution for everything.
Try out the tips listed above as they may come in very handy. Also, you can ask other bloggers about how they started out or how they gained viewers and maybe they can give you a helping hand. You never know where you can get your sources of viewers. It might just even be that post that becomes viral over night. One thing is certain, never give up. Even when you have viewers, it is important to keep posting and continue to keep in mind these tips, because as hard as it can be to gain readers, as easy it is to lose them.