BLOGGING TIPS: HOW TO GROW YOUR NETWORK?

So you’ve decided to be a full-time blogger. Congratulations! You’ve just made a great decision. And at the same time so sorry, because there is a bunch of different type of bloggers all around the globe today. But if you are honest and serious in your decision, then welcome to the club, because in this article I will share with you some tips, how to act being a full-time blogger.

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TAKE IT SERIOUSLY 
First of all, forget everything you’ve read before! Once you decided to take your blog seriously, the first thing you should keep in mind – say goodbye to your normal daily routine. Since now, your work schedule will be irregular, because you should keep an eye on your Blog and stay organized 24/7.

Yes, now you’re the Boss. Great! No more orders or corrections. You can do whatever you want, but there is one huge “But”. Now you have to make your schedule alone, to deal with SMM and Google Analytics, to write posts and to film your videos – namely to be up to date regularly and to post on your Blog at least two times per week. No more weekends, no more holidays, only sleepless nights and permanent deadlines.

Alas at the beginning it will be very hard, believe me. But later you will learn how to deal with all of it. You will learn to plan your posts beforehand and to use special tools for scheduling your tweets and updates. And only a few months later you will get a normal, planned workflow to keep going forward.

If you’re still thinking, that full-time blogging is only freebies, well-paid campaigns, traveling and photo-shooting, you’re wrong. Being a full-time blogger is a very hard work, but, believe me, it worth it. Just learn to be realistic as much, as possible, and set a goal to achieve in a short and long-time periods.

GROW YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK 
The next important think is your social activity. Please, do not assume, that subscribers will come looking for you, because they won’t. You have to work on it. Capacity subscriber base is very painstaking work, requiring a lot of time. Plan at least one day a week on your schedule to work with your social networks. As for me, with my Twitter subscribers I’m working like that. Besides the facts, that I have planned tweets for a few days in advance and the automatic re-post messages from my Blog, Facebook page and other social media, I do not forget to communicate directly with my existing subscribers and to follow the new ones. And, of course, once upon a time you have to think about launching your YouTube Channel.

The main point and one thing that is really matter – is the fact, that all your subscribers should be real people, not bots. So it’s absolutely useless to buy subscribers, using different services. You will lose your money and, in addition, it won’t make your Blog more visited place. Always keep in mind one think – you work only for yourself, so do everything as perfect, as you can.

IMPROVE YOUR MARKETING 
Marketing should become one of the most important tools in your work, because you have to actively market your blog and you can do that through a variety of ways. You can start chatting with other bloggers by leaving comments on their blog posts – this will help draw people back to your own Blog.

You have to be obsessed with your own work and, as I said before, you have to take it more seriously, because you build bit by bit your own future success. So it doesn’t matter, what you choose to do, just get out there and market yourself by any possible means. There’s really no excuse not to.

And do not forget to educate yourself, it concerns everything. Start to increase you SEO knowledge, learn how to work with Google Analytics, explore new programs and features, which can help to make your job easier. Always move straight forward to your dream, even if you feel yourself non-confident sometimes, because “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed”.

If you’re still in the middle of your journey and can’t find the right decision, which direction to follow, just remember one simple rule – IF YOU GIVE UP NOW, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF EVERYTHING? 

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  • I’m a full time blogger and I have days where I work 12 hours on/for my blog. It is definitely very time consuming….but if you’re love about what you do you’ll never work a day in your life! xo
    -Cara Z

    • I’m totally agree with you, Cara. It’s more than just a work or something, it’s a hobby and a lifestyle at the same time! 🙂

  • Excuse the typos! I meant if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. xo
    -Cara Z

  • Love these tips! I’ve finally decided to take blogging a bit more seriously and couldn’t agree more- it really is hard work, but definitely worth it! xo

    • That’s nice to hear! Hope, you’ll be doing good! You have a lovely blog!

  • love this! being proud of what you do is so important. xx Lita
    http://www.fancy-notebook.com

  • I blog full time and it is a lot of work. I’m also a sahm. Schedules are so varied and a lot of burning that midnight oil. But, I love it. Do what you love and never work a day in your life. 🙂 great tips eliza!!!

  • Great post! I agree with you… The most important thing is to take it seriously… Thank you for sharing!!

  • great post dear! I love your blog:)

    http://www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

  • I found your blog through a Facebook group and I’m glad I did. I loved this post so much, it made me more positive. Im struggling alot with promoting my blog and most the time I want to give up but like you said what would be the whole point of all the hard work i put into my blog? Great post!

    xo, Sheila

  • I’m not a full time blogger but I agree with you in all the points. It’s a very serious decision!
    xx

    http://www.mybeautrip.com

  • Great tips! I’m currently in a social media and digital portfolio class which is really helping me with using my social networks! Though, I still struggle with marketing myself in the other ways, so I will definitely give your tips a try!

    http://www.primebutterfly.com

  • This was such a fantastic post! I totally agree, taking what you do seriously is key. I also think creating stellar content is also important, because keeping your readers interested and wanting to read more from you is one of the things that will make your blog a success.

    Keisha xo
    http://www.thechrysalisgal.blogspot.com

  • thank you very much for sharing those tips! I am still fairly new to blogging and it is quite difficult, but very fun. I am looking forward to a part 2!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    http://aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

  • Wow, love this – great articles! It’s always so useful to read tips on how to improve as a blogger 🙂

  • Being a blogger is a 24/7 job. I’m constantly searching new content and thinking whats next and ways of promoting and engaging. But when you see someone reading what you created is very rewarding.

    http://thepaletteoflife.blogspot.com

  • This article is really good ! Helpfull and motivational!

  • Great post! Definitely one to keep you positive! Xx

  • Great tips. Yes I agree there are so many bloggers now! It’s hard to get seen when we’re all trying to do the same thing x

  • Gav

    Will apply your tips for sure, thanks for sharing!
    – Gav from http://www.gavachpalea.com

  • I’ve just started working a bit harder on my blog, thanks a lot for these tips, you’ve inspired and encouraged me to keep at it 🙂

  • I agree – marketing’s so important. Great tips, too. I loved your post. 🙂

  • Marvelous post! The only thing I would add is to have patience. Organic growth takes many months and sometimes even years but that should not discourage anyone. There was a saying somewhere that behind every overnight success there are lots of years of preparation and hard work.

  • One thing I learnt :if we are not regular blogger then its difficult to get the response especially if v r doing free blogging without any custom domain. Social networking in right way with right people is absolutely important to get right readers and also read better blogs 🙂

  • francesca

    I’m pretty new to blogging so this was helpful! I’m really serious and passionate about my blog I just need to get to grips with all the SEO stuff etc! any further tips on that? http://www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com

  • Interesting tips. i’m definitely going to adopt them. thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • I hate that people think it’s all about the freebies – wrong, wrong wrong! I don’t even blog full time and I find it taking over my life already >.< It definitely is a 24/7 job!

  • A lot of people on the internet think that gaining as many people as possible “wins”, but if they end up acting like a bot, all they’ll get to follow them is bots. Bots won’t engage, won’t follow you later, and likely will dump you when they’ve got your attention. Treat people on the internet like real people, and you’ll get real people following back.

  • I have my blog as a hobby, while working a full time job. It’s so hard to keep up to date with writing, social media, marketing, responding to queries. Blogging it is indeed a full time job! 🙂

  • Insightful and inspiring. I’m new to blogging so it’s really nice to come across such an honest take on the blogging lifestyle.

  • Great tips – I spend a lot of time on my blog and promoting it, growing my network, etc. It does not feel like so much time, though,since I really enjoy doing it and connecting with so many other people! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Being a full time blogger is time consuming and at times it is not a walk in the park but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope that people realize how credible blogging is soon.

  • Great tips and definitely needed,the big struggle for me is to be consistent. Will put your tips into work from next week.
    Thanks for sharing. x

  • Good read and yes ‘love what you do’ helps a ton especially during tough times…

    — I travel and blog at http://www.iamvagabond.com

  • These sound like such great tips, I am currently a student so not a full time blogger but I will certainly look back at your post if I ever do go full time.

  • Keith E Ashwood

    Some excellent advice here.