While I don’t consider myself even half an expert on blogging, I spend quite a bit of my free time with it.
Below is an interview with some tips, taken by someone who’s more knowledgeable than me, Codrut Turcanu, a fellow Romanian blogger and affiliate marketer.
When, how and why did you get started with blogging @ LifeToolkit.net ?
I started my formal apprenticeship in Coaching about 9 months ago, and started blogging immediately afterwards. After a few months, I realized that WordPress.com blogs are quite limiting, I wanted my own site. And that’s how I started LifeToolkit.net, in December 2009.
How long did it take you to get you to where you are now, and what would you say to our readers who are already tired and frustrated of not seeing any results from their blogging?
I read voraciously about blogging and online copywriting. The results I see now are also part of my efforts while at effectivenesscoach.wordpress.com (my previous blog). It doesn’t take long to see results, but you have to be very focused on what you want to get, to set realistic expectations and to devote a lot of time to promoting your blog.
What are the TOP areas I should concentrate on when blogging?
This is valid for any type of blog. You should have an easy readable home page. Before you get any subscribers, people will visit your website, and they should be able to find their way around it. Then, concentrate on your writing, of course! Make your posts stories. Include what is representative from your life in them.
What attracts is authenticity. There’s millions of blogs out there. What will stand out is your unique personality.
Do you have a formula for attracting traffic to LifeToolkit.net ?
Yes, blogging very regularly. I set my threshold to two blog posts per week, one on Saturdays/Sundays, and one Tuesdays/Wednesdays. I would recommend even more.
Posting my blog updates on all social networks where I’m present also helps.
What would you say is the one most important thing you’ve learned about blogging?
That not always what you consider “killer blog posts” are the ones that are going to catch with the readers. I’ve had posts written in 10 minutes that have proved to be spikes up my traffic.
What’s the biggest mistake you made getting started in blogging?
I don’t think I made any major mistakes yet. Perhaps, not to post as often as I would have to, in order to improve traffic. But this is a choice.
You can read the full interview here and I definitely recommend checking Codrut’s site for more insights on how to make money from blogging and affiliate marketing.