I started the blog that would be known as The Happy Arkansan from my dorm room in November 2011. My blog has grown so much during those almost eight years. It’s honestly amazing to think about how far I’ve come on my blogging journey. Now, I receive around 40,000-50,000 page views per month, but that number was not always that high. This time last year, I only had around 46,000 pageviews from January-July. So far in 2019, I’ve received over 300,000 views. It’s insane to think about how much my blog has grown. I’m proud of the website I’ve built here.
Today, I wanted to share some blogging tips for new bloggers. The blogging scene has changed since I started blogging. I know I could talk about so many different topics to help new bloggers, but these tips came to mind first. If you are thinking of starting a blog, please read through these tips and use them as you grow your blog.
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Hi there! I see you out there in the vast land of social media, trying to grow your audience. Do you ever feel like you make a post on Instagram and it just floats out there into the abyss never to be seen again? You’re waiting for the likes and comments to roll in because you know you posted great content, but nothing happens.
You’re trying to grow your following, but you’ve been stuck at the same number for weeks. You’ll gain a few and then lose just as many. Why do people have to follow/unfollow?! It can be so frustrating, right?
I’ve been there, girlfriend. I spent years trying to grow my home decor page before I finally hit my stride and starting seeing consistent growth each week. Now I’m right back at the starting line trying to grow my new coaching page.
It’s hard. Really hard.
You wonder what you’re doing wrong, and you can’t figure out that darn algorithm. And why does it have to keep changing so much? It makes you want to give up sometimes, doesn’t it?
At some point, you might have even considered buying likes and followers.
Please don’t do that! It hurts your engagement. Authentic growth is the key to success, so please don’t let your account become full of bots and fake people. That will make you look spammy too.
Instead, try these three tips to growing your audience.
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Affiliate marketing can be challenging to break into. When I first started my blog, I was a college blogger, and I had no idea you could make money promoting other people’s products. I wanted to start a series where I share affiliate marketing opportunities for various blogging niches. I wanted to start with my roots.
Want more affiliate marketing tips? Check out this podcast interview I recently did with Samantha on her podcast Offbeat Grad. We dish about affiliate marketing for about 50 minutes on the podcast episode. We talked about how I got started with affiliate marketing, my tips for success with affiliate marketing, and so much more.
Now, let’s get into these affiliate marketing programs for college bloggers:
Connecting with other bloggers is an excellent way to network, but eventually, you need to make actual connections. You can’t keep depending on other bloggers and hoping for the best. To make a dent in the blogging world, you need to create an actual audience filled with people outside the blogging community. Finding an audience can be challenging because you have to figure out where real people hang out. Today on The Happy Arkansan, I am sharing ten ways to reach an actual audience so you can grow your brand and create influence online.
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