I have been a blogger for 6 months now. I know….just 6 months and you think you know enough to offer advice to other bloggers?
Here’s the deal. I haven’t been blogging long, but I have been an entrepreneur since my 18th birthday (which was almost 15 years ago…if you happened to be wondering my age).
By: Sarah Koontz
Over the past 15 years, I have learned a lot about business. I have learned a lot about people. And I have learned how to get people interested in my business.
Today I am going to share with you what you can do in business TODAY to prepare yourself for success TOMORROW. I wrote this article with my blogging friends in mind, but these principles can apply to any and all business ventures.
#1 – Discover Your WHY.
“If we have a big enough “why,” we will always discover the “how.” Tara Semisch
The day you started your blog, you took the first step towards achieving your dreams. Now it’s time for the hard work! It’s time to discover your WHY! Your WHY is the one thing that will motivate you towards your dreams no MATTER WHAT!
Set aside some time to watch the video on TED by Simon Sinek entitled “Start with Why”. I purchased his Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action book and read through it as well.
Understanding our own personal WHY is absolutely necessary if we want to be successful in any business.
#2 – Become a Professional
Treat your new blog like it is a multi-million dollar enterprise. Give your blog the respect it deserves, and strive to create a quality product for your readers.
Be consistent and do what you said you would do! It doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers or 5,000.
Give it your best, treat it like it is already a success and eventually it will be successful.
#3 – Learn How to Invite
Before you ever think about making money at something, you must develop your skills and build trust with the people you are working with.
Opportunity finds people who are ready for it. People who are dedicated to being the absolute best version of themselves; people who are focused on becoming AWESOME at whatever it is they are passionate about. Those are the people who end up getting “lucky” time and time again. Those are the people who are at the TOP OF THEIR INDUSTRY, the people who have financial security.
The first thing a blogger must do is build their platform. You must set up your blog and start writing great content. Then you have to learn how to invite others to follow your blog.
If you never learn to invite, you will never be successful.
#4 – Build Your Community
When I started my blog here at Grounded & Surrounded, I thought that the main thing I would be doing as a blogger is writing. Boy, was I wrong! Blogging is, at it’s core, a networking business.
It is critical for bloggers to take the time to invest in one another. I believe that every bit of the success we have seen in our short time as bloggers has come from our willingness to give our best to others without expecting anything in return.
Our most recent project at Grounded & Surround was born out of our desire to support our blogging friends who are also moms through the summer months. If we hadn’t been building relationships with other mom bloggers, there is no way we would have understood their needs well enough to create a product to help meet those needs.
We are looking for a few more bloggers (who are also moms) to join us for the #ETHANproject Summer Challenge. It’s 10 dollars to participate & we give you everything you need to create 10-weeks worth of fun summertime posts (graphics, social media, writing prompts). We also have a growing facebook community and a link-up opportunity for additional exposure.
Weekly Link-Up at Grounded & Surrounded STARTS this Friday, May 29 at 5 am
Click here to learn more about how you can get involved with the #ETHANproject.
#5 – Develop Your Circles
My final piece of advice for you is to develop your blogging circles. I personally use Feedly to do this. I have defined three circles: Mentors (established bloggers you respect), Trainers (people who blog about blogging), and Peers (people in your niche with similar traffic and social numbers).
Find 5 Mentor Blogs to follow.
Find 5 Training Blogs to follow.
Find 5-15 Peers to follow.
Once you have set up these circles, it is imperative that you WATCH what your mentors are doing, LEARN from the training blogs and INTERACT with your peers by commenting regularly on their blogs.
This way you are following the EXAMPLE of your mentors, working to IMPROVE your skills through training and GROWING your circle of influence among your peers.
When you apply these 5 simple steps to your blog strategy you are creating VALUE, learning PATIENCE, developing your WHY and giving yourself the very best chance of SUCCESS.
What is going to motivate you to keep on pushing when you face rejection, you get tired, or distractions challenge your focus?