If you’re blogging Part Time, it may seem impossible to create a popular blog that can compete with the full-time bloggers in your niche.
If not impossible, surely it will take several months if not years, right?
Today, I’m going to show you how YOU can create a truly popular blog in 90 days or less, spending only 10 hours/week.
Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.
But first, if you haven’t read the first 2 parts of this series, be sure to check out:
You Can Create a Popular Blog: The Proof
When someone tells me something they’ve achieved that seems unlikely, I want to see proof.
Starting in April, 2011, I documented my blog statistics using a plugin called Viper Proof.
I took snapshots each month and saved them on my computer.
Our Initial Blog Statistics
For Our Readers Who Just Want the Summary
In just 90 days of posting twice a week, our blog was transformed from mediocrity that was just part of the noise in the blogosphere to a truly popular blog with far more monthly visitors, subscribers, and Free Giveaway opt ins.
I don’t know about you, but this feels like a popular blog to me!
Alexa Rank (a measure of blog traffic where a lower number is better: Improved 464%
Google Page Rank (a measure of link popularity): Increase from PR 2 to PR 3
Number of Comments: Increased over 500%
Monthly Visitors: Increased over 400%
Number of Subscribers: Tripled in 90 days
How You Can Create a Popular Blog: Step by Step
This is a step-by-step guide to what’s worked for our blog in the last 90 days.
Will it work for you? I don’t see why not.
But before you plunge headlong into creating a popular blog for yourself, be sure you’ve done your homework.
- Have you defined your niche and figured out where you can find them online?
- Have you asked the right questions to your niche prospects so that you understand their most pressing needs and obstacles?
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to create a popular blog for yourself!
Step 1: Adopt a “Take No Prisoners” Attitude
Decide to make your blog popular and a significant lead source for your business,
NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES.
This means being consistent in your efforts and persistent in your determination to succeed, each and every week.
Step 2: Create and Stick to a Blogging Schedule
We were able to get these results by writing 2 blog posts a week, each and every week.
That was what our schedule allowed.
If you can write more than that, you can expect faster results.
If you can only manage 1 post a week, that’s fine!
Just understand your results may come slower.
Step 3: Promote Your Heck Out Of Your Blog Post
Once you create your blog post and publish it, that's only half the job.
The other half is BLOG PROMOTION.
Once you've created your post, you need to be able to let OTHERS see it as well.
And that involves promoting your blog post on social media, YouTube, your email list, and even in private conversations.
You can use simple plugins on your blog like Social Warfare to spread the word on social media.
Don't forget this important part of the process.
Without blog promotion, your blog post will not get the attention it deserves!
Step 4: Pay Attention to Comments
We developed a blog commenting strategy that included replying to our comments, commenting on other important blogs (here’s how to find them), and even join a blog commenting tribe where others help promote your blog posts and you do the same for them.
Step 5: Contribute on Niche Social Networking Sites
For us, this includes Blog Interact, Blog Engage , and Blokube.
Perform a search for Social Networking sites in your own niche and start contributing.
How Much Time Will This Take?
This is the most common question I get because, let’s face it, for Part-Time Bloggers and Networkers TIME is one of our most precious commodities.
How much time do I spend EACH WEEK on building the popularity of our blog?
Posting (twice per week) – 3 hours
Blog Promotion — 2 hours
Answering Blog Comments — 1 hour
Commenting on Other Blogs (4 per weekday) — 4 hours
TOTAL — 10 hours per week
If you can’t spare 10 hours a week, just do what you can — you will still see results!
If you want to create a popular blog, you must commit to becoming a serious blogger with a set blogging schedule.
You need to master Blog Promotion and use strategies like blog commenting and using niche social networking sites to build relationships and drive traffic to your blog.
Using the step-by-step guide to creating a popular blog and committing to as little as 10 hours a week can help you create a blog that will be wildly popular in your niche and a source of targeted leads for your business.
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It's Your Time to SHINE!
Dr. Bob Clarke
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