How Do I Grow My Blog?

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.

Mary didn’t get a beautiful garden just by dropping a few seeds in the ground and leaving the rest up to Mother Nature. If you want your blog to blossom and grow, then you have to nurture it, with lots of patience and tender loving care. How do you grow a blog? Let’s take a look.

Organic Traffic

Most new bloggers don’t start out with a huge following. You may think those 500 Facebook friends are enough but most of those friends have no interest in your blog beyond the fact that’s it’s written by you. Consequently, any traffic that comes to your blog in the beginning will come organically, through the search engines, and this type of traffic takes time to grow.

Post frequently: Every time you publish a new post it attracts the search engines and eventually they start indexing your content faster. The more content you publish, the better the chances you’ll appear in search results, and the more indexes you appear on the more traffic you’ll bring in.

Answer questions: Organic traffic that comes through the search engines consists of people who are looking for answers to specific questions. In the beginning, avoid publishing personal or opinion-type posts. Do your keyword research and answer questions.

Always be fresh and unique: The search engines are also looking for fresh content from a unique perspective. There are twenty-eleven blogs out there in your niche. You need to stand out from the crowd.

What Will You Plant?

If you’ve ever done any gardening then you know that some plants take longer than others to bloom. In fact, some plants take years to mature enough to be able to produce flowers or fruit.

Blogs are just like gardens. Some topics attract traffic instantly, like setting out a bowl of nectar to attract bees. Other topics take months, or maybe years to attract enough traffic to produce an income, but that doesn’t make that income any less attractive. And, either way, you’re going to have to blog about that topic for a very long time if you want to nurture and grow your business.

With some types of flowers you can toss a few seeds in the ground, add a little sunshine and water, and you’ll soon have beautiful blooms. With others, you have to apply special fertilizers, special pesticides, provide special lighting and water, condition the soil, and they take a lot of tender loving care.

Again, some blog topics are the same. You might be able to sit down and crank out five or six posts a day on one topic, but another topic may require more time and research per post, or there might not be much to say. But that doesn’t mean you like that topic less or that it’s any less promising.

  • Choose a topic you’re interested in so you won’t get bored
  • Choose a topic that has plenty of content-potential so you don’t run out of things to blog about
  • Choose a topic you know so you can anticipate questions and look like an expert

Hard Work And Patience

Every gardener knows it takes a lot of hard work to get those beautiful blooms. Yet, no matter how hard you work tending your seedlings you still have to be patient. You can speed up the process but you can’t force a flower to bloom until it’s genetically ready to do so, and you still have to keep tending that flower once it blooms.

Understand that no blog makes a six-figure income over night. Some take months just to produce enough income to pay the hosting bill. Every blog, every blogger, and every niche is different, but successful bloggers are patient and dedicated to succeed.

There is no definitive secret recipe for growing a blog. Every successful blogger has a different technique. In the end, though, all successful bloggers have one thing in common: They know that a successful blog doesn’t just pop up and bloom on its own. It takes hard work, patience and a lot of tender loving care.

Stéphane Kerwer
Article written by Stéphane Kerwer (1995 Posts)
Bonjour from a french guy. My name is Stéphane Kerwer and Dukeo is my blog. I do most of the heavy lifting in here but from time to time, you may see some guest posts. To receive updates from Dukeo, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
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8 Comments (Add one)

  1. Fattymustrun
    Fattymustrun

    Just at the beginning of my blogging journey, but finally dedicating some time to it so hopefully can put your great advice into action

  2. Ryan Biddulph
    Ryan Biddulph

    Patience reigns. Love the tips and this note Ste. Churn out helpful, targeted content daily. Solve problems. Be patient. Prosper. Thanks!

    Ryan

  3. Jennifer Cunningham
    Jennifer Cunningham

    These were tips that I needed. The bottom line is it takes patience and quality. I ‘m going to start thinking of my blog as a plant in various stages of growth. Thanks.

  4. Toni Carter

    Thanks for this. I’m at the start line and I realise that patience is key. I’m dedicating all my time to this project and I appreciate the ‘Post Frequently’ tip. I’m on it!

  5. Pat Couturier

    Thanks a gain for that great post Set. I found your blog 2 week a go and it is really hard to stop reading you. I’m really looking up to you for my own blog. Keep the good work.

  6. Adrian
    Adrian

    Great post. Very informative as well as truthful info about blogging.I agree with you blogging does take time as well as patience.

  7. Liliane
    Liliane

    I think it is a great point about choosing your topic wisely. Growing a blog takes persistance and patience. If your subject matter limits your creative, you’ll want to quit that much more quickly.

  8. Jay Philips

    Great post. Patience is key and great content will build traffic.