If you're blogging Part Time, if 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?

Wrong!

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.

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YOU Can Be Popular!

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:

How I Boosted my Blog’s Alexa Ranking by 108% in 30 Days

How To Drastically Improve Your Blog Popularity in 60 Days


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.

Below are 4 snapshots of our blog statistics, starting on April 5, 2011, followed by our results at 30, 60, and 90 days.

Our Initial Blog Statistics

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30 Days

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60 Days

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90 Days

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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 head long into creating a popular blog for yourself, be sure you've done your homework.

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.

No exceptions.

Step 2:  Create and Stick to a Blogging Schedule

We were able to get these results by writing 2 blogs 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:  Learn How To Promote Your Blog… and Promote the Heck Out of It!

Our first step was to pick up a copy of The Ultimate Blog Post Promotion Guide.

This should be required reading for all bloggers looking to create a popular blog.  It will be the best investment you make for your blog (and it should cost a lot more than it does).

Follow this Guide religiously and you'll soon be swimming in traffic.

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 joining a blog commenting tribe.

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.

Other Ideas

In the coming month, I will be expanding my efforts to make our blog even more popular.  These will include Guest Posting and maybe even entering my first Blogging Contest.

I'll let you know how these will effect our blog's popularity.

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 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!

Takeaway

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.

Your Turn

How's your blog doing?  What strategies do you use to build your own blog popularity?

Leave a Comment and join in the discussion!

    56 replies to "You Can Create a Popular Blog in 90 Days or Less Part Time"

    • […] I’ve been doing a lot of commenting the last 3 months as a way to improve my Alexa ranking and making my blog more popular. […]

    • Karen

      90 days is short. There is a lot of work that needs to be put into it, but I believe it is doable.

      • Bob

        It is doable, Karen… I don’t say that it’s easy, but if you take steps systematically and consistently I am confident you will see results.

        Let us know how things go for you!

    • Robert Lee

      Great article Bob…… You’re so right about sticking to a plan. It’s great you want to help other as well. As Being a SEO Blogger, I just loved your article…..I have bookmarked this website and want to see more from you. Keep it up Bob… 🙂

      • Bob

        Glad you found the information useful, Robert.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Bob,

      Very interesting site and articles. Really thankful for sharing.Will surely recommend this site to some friends! Regards,

      • Bob

        Glad you found us! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Hans Schoff

      Hey Bob, that is a very complete and detailed strategy for blogging and your results go to show it works. Great practical steps to increase rankings, leads and results. Fascinating to see exactly what you did and how it worked for you.

      • Bob

        I wanted to detail my results in a way that could help others in similar situations. Glad you found it useful, Hans!

    • First Destination

      Gr8 article Bob……

      scheduling is must in blogging………

      • Bob

        Glad you enjoyed it! I agree — blog scheduling is really important for keeping yourself on track.

    • VaNessa Duplessie

      Absolutely 100% agree that you can have a great blog Part Time and love the way you show how you created it for yourself. And I picked up a new plug in – ViperProof. That rocks. I’ve been looking for something like that. I hope more people follow the suggestions you’ve outlined above….because they work.

      • Bob

        Thanks for the support, Vanessa…. WOW! I actually taught you something new! Usually you are the one showing me new things!

        Appreciate your insights, Vanessa!

      • Bob

        Haha Vanessa,, glad I could finally show you something new. Usually it is I who learn over at your blog!

    • Joelyn

      Thank you for all your tips… I’ve been reading SO many blogging success articles and yours is by far the most helpful. I can’t wait to try some of the things I’ve learned from your posts!

      • Bob

        Appreciate the kind words, Joelyn… and as one of my mentors always says, “Stop reading and get going!” In other words, don’t get paralyzed by reading and researching… start implementing what resonates with you and see how it works.

        Let us know!

    • I have read your post “Popular Blog in 92 days” so beautiful tips you include in this blog.
      I already start you system for creating a nice & popular blog.
      Thanks
      Mark
      “ Network Marketing Tools”

      • Bob

        Glad you have found it useful! Be sure to check back with us to tell us how you’re doing!

    • Paul Salmon

      Nice post, Bob. When I started blogging I didn’t have a clue about how I was going to make my blog noticed. For the first few years the traffic increased, but then I would hit a plateau and it would be a while before the visitor count rose again.

      Last year, however, I started to become more engaged on social networks, and also began to comment more on other blogs. When I started doing those two things, I noticed that traffic to my blog increased each week, and has continued to increase since that time.

      To make a long story short, I find that Steps 4 and 5 in your list were the keys for me. Once I started engaging my readers more, they were engaging me in return.

      • Bob

        Great tips, Paul. I agree that engaging your readers is huge because they will come back and, even better tell their friends about you.
        Even on the Internet, much is still about word of mouth, I suppose.

        Glad you are seeing such success with your blog. As you said, consistency is key.

        Appreciate your insights, Paul.

    • Mavis Nong

      Hey Dr Clarke,

      WOW! This is impressive stuff! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your amazing blogging success! And, you’re doing this part-time!

      This just goes to show that any blogger, whether part time or full time, can learn learn a lot from you. It’s all about making the decision to succeed and taking consistent action. Period.

      Keep rocking, Dr Clarke! You’re an inspiration to many!

      Mavis

      • Bob

        Thanks, Mavis! Appreciate the kind words and support.

        We’ve learned so much from your blog and those of others like Ana Hoffman and Kristi Hines. You guys are all great inspirations to us to keep going!

    • Hollie

      You make it sound so easy! I see you guys have a pagerank of 3 🙂 Keep it up!

    • Julie

      Hi Bob,

      I signed up to your newsletter a couple of weeks ago and really look forward to them coming in. I too have other commitments which take me away from the computer Monday to Friday and can really relate to your words regarding limited time.

      I have rewritten my schedule a couple of times recently wondered if I’ll have enough hours in a day to get everything done. I come to realise doing it part-time means reducing my work load a little before becoming overloaded and frustrated.

      You have proven, with a well planned time-table and your tips here, there are plenty of hours to sprare. This is terrific information, very helpful indeed, thank you Bob.

      Take Care
      Julie

      • Bob

        Hi Julie,
        So glad you are finding our blog posts useful for you. It means a lot to hear it!

        Sounds like you are taking the right approach about your time and getting overloaded. Sometimes we have to take a cold, hard look at our life and figure out what we can realistically handle.
        Remember, it’s not a sprint, but a marathon. Take your time and make it work for you.

    • Diane

      Wow guys! Great job!! I read the 2 articles you posted this is great information. Looks like it will take a bit of dedication, but hard work definitely pays off! Keep it up!

      • Bob

        It definitely has paid off, Diane… thanks so much for your kind words of support!

        We appreciate the comment!

    • Jayne Kopp

      Hey Bob, well you already know how impressed I am with your progress. I have been lucky enough to follow you almost from the ground up and I am so pleased for you.

      I have to agree though Bob, that it really does boil down to consistency and focus.

      I do believe this takes a tremendous amount of discipline and it’s something I am working on to work smarter and not harder.

      Thanks for all your suggestions. That Viperproof plugin looks nifty.

      thanks Bob. Keep up the good work.

      Jayne

      • Bob

        Thanks for your kind words and support (as always), Jayne! You have been with us loyally for a long time!

        Three words you used: consistency, focus, and discipline… wow, those are powerful words for success, right?
        I agree with everything you said.

        Thanks for your insights, Jayne.

    • Jane

      A strict blogging schedule, honestly sticking to it, being open to networking and creating genuine relationships and passion+hard work – my recipe to create a popular blog. Congo on your success with your blogging part time. Since you are just like me I can pretty much “feel” everything you say here.

      Got one question though. Your “initial” stats – how “initial” are they. Coz I can see a PR2 there?

      Jane.

      • Bob

        Hi Jane,

        Thanks for sharing your recipe for a popular blog. I can see why your blog is so successful!

        To answer your question, our blog was created in late 2009 and we posted sporadically, not really taking it seriously but just an occasional push when we felt like it. To be honest, I’m not sure how we achieved a PR2 out of that, but that is what it was when we started this little experiment 3 months ago.

        Thanks for your insights, Jane.

    • Glyna Humm

      Wow – fantastic post! A lot of people get discouraged at first because they are overwhelmed by all of the tasks at hand when creating a blog. You have proven that you can do this part time and still be quite successful! This is very inspiring to all of us! I have been neglecting my blog with the excuse I don’t have enough time to get to it and you have helped me rethink that! Thanks!

      • Bob

        Hi Glyna,

        Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad that our results have perhaps caused you to reflect on your own blogging. Very cool!

        Thanks for your comment, Glyna… appreciate you stopping by.

    • adrian campbell

      first, let me congratulate you for a high traffic of your website.

      Also thanks for sharing that plug-in, Viper proof, i will try it so i can also trace my progress.

      • Bob

        Hey Adrian,

        Viper Proof is a cool free plugin and it allows you to watch your progress, like you said. It also shows your readers that you are serious about your craft.

        Thanks for the comment, Adrian.

    • A. Leigh Edwards

      Awesome job Dr. Bob! I went back and read the other two blog posts that you suggested and what a wealth of information you have shared. Thank you for the resources as well as the easy to follow step-by-step directions. I just received a wonderful education and appreciate the time you took to pull all of this together.

      • Bob

        Hi Leigh,

        Glad you found this information useful.

        Thanks for stopping by!

    • marquita herald

      Hi Bob, I love this article and congratulations on your terrific results! Not in any way to take away from your hard work, but I also think you chose a great niche. One only needs to do a quick check with Google Keywords to see that building websites and online business is hotter than ever, and how perfect that you are showing people how to do it part-time! Well done, and I’m confident you’ll continue to grow with all the people you are helping.

      • Bob

        Thanks for the kind words, Marty.

        Yes, its true that finding a popular niche that is small enough that you can carve out a piece for yourself but large enough to provide some serious traffic to your blog is very important to your success. It’s really the first step before you even start blogging, if you ask me.

        Thanks for your comment, Marty!

    • Marcus Baker

      Hey Bob,

      Well done to you. The proof is in the results but the success lies in the action! Do what you suggest and be consistent and the results will follow. I think being selective in how you are spending your time to achieve results is paramount. Too often it’s not that people aren’t busy but they have not chosen the best things to help them get to there they want to be. Your post will help anybody do this.

      ~Marcus

      • Bob

        I love that, Marcus… “The proof is in the results but the success lies in the action!” Think I will post that on my wall.

        Being selective in how you spend your time is maybe the most important skill you can learn, as either a Part Time or Full Time Marketer. Maybe that’s where being a Part Timer has its advantages.. we KNOW we have to make prime use of our time with not much room for error. It’s easy when you have lots of time to get sidelined.

        Thanks for your insights, Marcus.

    • Jeanine Byers Hoag

      Hi Bob!

      I’m so pleased for you that you have done so well with your blog!! I have enjoyed watching your progress. Congratulations on such a big accomplishment.

      I am doing some of the things you listed but probably not promoting my blog enough. I’ve been thinking about making use of Blokube, but have not done that, either. What I did do was cut back to thre posts a week, because trying to post every weekday was leaving me with not enough family or me-time.

      Now I need to take a look at some of the strategies you suggested that I haven’t yet tried.

      Jeanine

      • Bob

        Thanks for the support, Jeanine… you and my other mastermind buddies from CleverMarketer have been so helpful in this journey I am on.

        I agree about cutting back your posting, especially if its interfering with the rest of your life. Balance is they key, for sure.

        Congrats on your blog, by the way. Looks like you are taking great strides!

    • Adrienne

      Great series you’re doing Bob and this will benefit anyone eager to learn how to monetize their blogs. I know a lot of people need a “schedule” so you’ve definitely pointed out exactly what they should be doing and how to go about it. Great job!

      In my most recent post I introduced people to a free course that will teach them how to get their blog up and running correctly so that they can start earning money online. It’s something I stumbled upon myself and found extremely helpful. Can’t believe the great information you can find online for free these days.

      Thanks again for this wonderful post and I’ll definitely be sharing it.

      Adrienne

      • Bob

        It IS amazing how much free information is available and truly useful, Adrienne.

        I will have to check out your blog post for details… now you have me curious!

        Thanks for taking the time to comment, Adrienne!

    • Timo Kiander

      Bob,

      Great article!

      I’m about to finish Kristi’s e-book this weekend and looking forward to put the traffic strategies into action.

      Also, I have plans to upgrade my blog posting schedule to two articles per week (one is text, other one is video).

      Out of curiosity … how much is the average length of your blog post? I have written mainly 1000 – 2000 word articles, but obviously it takes more time to proof-read them (and longer to write them too).

      • Bob

        Hi Timo,

        Yes, Kristi’s book is awesome.. glad you are making good use of it.
        In answer to your questions, my posts tend to be on the longer side, since I don’t post as often as others… probably 700 words or more, I would say. Some are as long as 2000 words, but these tend to be my pillar articles (as Yaro Starak would say). To give you an idea of time, it takes me about 1-2 hrs per post, depending on how much research it requires.

        Hope this helps,

        Bob

    • Oliver Tausend

      Hi Bob,

      wow, this is powerful stuff. And any blogger, regardless if part time or full time, can learn learn a lot from you, especially when it comes to commitment and following through no matter what.

      I will definitely share this post with people on my team who struggle with keeping up their blogs…

      Take care

      Oliver

      • Bob

        Thanks Oliver… for your support and your friendship.

        I am humbled that you will share this post with your team. I hope they find it useful.

    • Kristina L.

      Nice post dr Bob, I appreciate you sharing your experience and I congratulate you for the improvements achieved in overall ranking! It’s great you want to help other as well. I think it is important to have a plan, as you do, and to stick to your schedule. Also, to have in mind that consistency is the key to improvement. So, at the end, I guess that only the strongest ones survive, don’t they? I like the relation between blogger and visitor that is achieved through commenting and traffic making. The strategy with giveaways is always great, in addition to it all.

      • Bob

        Hi Kristina,

        Sure, anytime you can enhance the blogger-reader relationship you should jump at it. And it’s really not that hard. With a little effort you can use your imagination to get them involved and keep the discussions moving forward. People love to participate and be asked questions, I’ve found. Thanks for your comment and kind words, Kristina.

    • bbrian017

      Hi bob! I loved your title and I must admit it sucked me right in to come and visit. I hope more bloggers start taking note of your awesome blog here! Your contest is top notch. I agree a popular blog can easily be created in 90 days but man o man you better have a plan and stick to it.

      I haven’t read your other two articles in this series but when it’s done I would like to blog about it on blog engage so if you can please link me to the full series when you complete? I’ll put together a nice into for our members and link to your articles!

      I think a positive outlook like this on blogging will help keep the growth in the blogosphere consistent.

      • Bob

        Hey Brian,

        Thanks for the kind words of support. You’re so right about sticking to a plan. I think the consistency part is just as important as the the number of posts, syndication, etc. It all builds on itself.

        I have sent you a private email with the links to the other 2 parts of this series, which is now likely complete unless I have something more to share that would help my readers in this regards.

        Thanks for stopping by, Brian.

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    • Sonny Lanorias

      Hi Bob,

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing this post. So you mean you are just sticking along in social media and not using tools such as UAW or AMR to blast your blogpost url to blogging and article directories? Thanks again.

      `Sonny

      • Bob

        Hey Sonny,

        I don’t use any syndication tools like UAW or AMR. The only thing I started doing very recently (last 2 weeks) was to syndicate in the TSA tribe. I’m not sure if my results have been improved by this or if it is a building process as well. So far I haven’t seen much traffic as a result, but it’s a bit hard to pinpoint.

        I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the comment, Sonny!

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