You are very right to wonder how to take your blog to the next level from the basic one.
But first we need to be clear what basic level is? It actually means yours struggling level. In this level you create a strong foundation of your blog by:
- Creating awesomely evergreen contents
- Expanding your social media base with huge number of followers
- Create as much back links for your blog as you can
- Get PR2 at least for your blog
- Develop good contacts with other bloggers of your niche
- Develop your say in top forums of your niche
- Publish a few guest posts on other blogs of high PR
- Start a regular income from Google Adsense and Affiliates
If you have achieved more than half of these milestones it means you are going right. If you are still struggling to achieve these goals it means:
- You lack consistency
- You have confusion regarding your blogging strategy
- You cannot produce quality contents
- You are not clear on how to monetize your blog
- You don’t follow SEO rules to get organic traffic
For rest of the others you can do with a little care. You need not to learn anything for doing this. We have discussed about them in our previous posts. Just search these posts in Startup category of this blog you will find solutions of all these problems easily.
Now come to the assumption you have achieved the above milestones and now you want to know how to take your blog to the next level.
Say goodbye to free stuff
This is time to say goodbye to all free stuff if there is any on your blog including:
- Free hosting
- Free template
- Free or your own developed logo
- Free domain
After achieving the above milestones it is clear you can do blogging. Now you need to be fully professional and invest a little amount further.
If you have managed to earn through Google Adsense of Affiliates just assume you didn’t earn yet. Put aside that amount for replacing all the free stuff with premium one.
No compromise on logo
Never compromise on your logo especially. Get it designed with a professional logo designer. Spend time on browsing fiverr.com and find the cheapest but top-level logo designer and place your order.
Low quality hosting means decline of your blog
There are a lot of cheap web hosting services. But opting one of them means low-speed of your blog. It does mean a great hurdle to raise your blog’s PR. So pick a high quality hosting most preferably Hostgator as we have already discussed this topic here.
Free domain means you will keep earning peanuts
You can’t attract advertisers nor can you sell products if your blog is on free domain. Select the premium domain of your choice and put it on your blog.
Now you can learn how to take your blog to the next level
After doing blogging for quite a long time you have gotten the idea how are your blog visitors. What they want. What they dream. What they like. You can judge this from their comments on your blog. From their demographics on Google insight.
For example if huge number of your blog visitors are from poor countries it means you can’t earn with Affiliates because they will hardly buy such products. So you need to focus on Google Adsense and other pay-per-click type of advertising on your blog.
Secondly see which posts are on top of Google ranking. Check their keywords and search more keywords of similar type. Find exact and long-tail keywords related to them. Produce more cool articles on them and publish them with a proper schedule. You will see a huge increase in your traffic in a few days.
Start interviewing influencers of your niche. They may be pro bloggers, niche experts and motivational speakers related to your niche. Publish their interviews on your blog. Now you are not-so-junior blogger so your interviewing request will hardly be turned down by them.
Ultimately you will get more traffic on your blog because their followers will also visit your blog. You will develop good rapport with them to learn and be promoted by them.
So these are the three steps of 1) remonetizing your blog, 2) boost traffic on your blog and 3) be in direct contact with influencers to grow further. This is the right answer of the question how to take your blog to the next level.
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