How to be a Successful Blogger – Advice from the Pros (with incredible traffic)
Learning how to be a successful blogger can be a long and painful process if you start from scratch.
From the dawn of time, people have been passing on their expertise to others. Yes, you can learn how to be a successful blogger without any advice from others.
Welcome to your free blogging course.
Okay, it’s not really a blogging course, but it’s advice straight from the experts who have learned all the hard lessons and want to help you skip the hard parts of the learning curve.
Don’t underestimate how valuable these blogging secrets from the pros can be.
These blog owners have been through the trenches and have figured out all the important aspects of a blog that should not be ignored.
They’ve learned how to make great content and how to make a content marketing strategy that gets results.
Meet Sam Milner from RecipeThis.com
I reached out in one of my Facebook groups to ask if anyone with high traffic would be willing to let me conduct an interview to help my readers learn more about blogging.
Sam commented saying “I’m up for it and I have over 8 million views per year.”
My immediate reaction was ‘Oh my god. Be cool. Be cool, Kristi.”
I was totally fangirling.
A good friend of mine saw the message and immediately said: “I can’t believe Sam Milner wants to do the interview, she has a crazy successful blog!”
I kept thinking she was going to flake on me and it was too good to be true, but she was so cool and helpful.
I will spare you the biography and just let Sam tell you all about her and the success she’s had.
Get your pen and paper ready and take notes, people!
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. How many active blogs do you currently have?
Right now I just have RecipeThis.com. I used to run at least 3 at once, but I found that the quality and my time got stretched.
I can give my heart and soul to just one instead.
We have owned just one blog since early 2016 and it feels so good to just have one focus.
**Sam wanted to show you that her blog traffic has seasonal spikes, from December to February her blog gets tons of traffic, then it slows down for the summer. You can see that trend repeated each year.
3. What is your favorite topic to write about?
I love to write about food. I dream about food, I want to read about food, and I love to research about food.
Though my second love is frugality and I imagine if I didn’t live in Portugal and I lived in the USA I would run a frugal blog instead.
As a blogger, you have to love your subject matter and that is why food was always top of my list when I mentioned to my husband Dominic back in 2015 that I wanted us to concentrate on just one topic.
4. If you had to ramp up traffic on a new blog quickly, what 3 things would you focus on first?
#1 – I would focus on Pinterest
Many people call it a long term game but if you signed up for Tailwind and the Tribes feature you can get your Pinterest content in front of a lot of people fast.
I experimented with this recently and in the first week of July just through Tribes I generated an extra 8 million reach that I wouldn’t have had usually.
**Sam provided me with this screenshot to show the impact of Tailwind Tribes has had on her blog.
#2 – I would pay for ads
There are many places that you can use to pay for ads. There is a lot more out there than just Facebook and Google.
My favorite is Microsoft Ads and they are a lot cheaper than what you pay on either Facebook or Google.
#3 – I would update an old blog post
Take a blog post that did okay before that the traffic has died down on.
Update the graphics, check for errors, add in new affiliate links, add some extra information, add a sign-up box to join your mailing list and republish.
Once you have done this share it everywhere like you would with a brand new blog post.
Focus on social media and your mailing list and not only will you get a good boost of short term traffic but long term SEO traffic too.
5. What has surprised you most about blogging?
Nobody ever really talks about it but it is everywhere.
When you start out in your micro-niche you will have lots of people wanting to be your friend and be friendly with you. But once you have a blog post that does better than theirs, or when your traffic exceeds theirs, then you will experience jealousy from others.
Just like it is easy to get jealous yourself when someone grows faster than you, or uses your ideas and makes more traffic or money from them.
You just have to keep your head down and get on with it and not worry about what others are doing around you.
6. What advice would you give a new motivated blogger to succeed quickly?
7. What social media platforms do you like best and why?
8. Where does the majority of your traffic come from?
9. How did you build your email list?
10. What tools do you deem crucial to your success?
I love Aweber for building my mailing list, Tailwind for Pinterest growth, and Canva for designing graphics. I use Rackspace for hosting emails and screenshot monitor for managing your virtual assistants.
Away from the classic tools, my number #1 tool for the job is Excel. I use it all the time. It has my content calendar, my accounts, my passwords, my ideas and so much more.
**I later asked Sam what keyword tools she uses. She only uses Google.
11. Have you taken any online courses or read any books you think were incredibly valuable to your journey?
12. If you had to give advice to your newbie blogging self, what would it be?
13. We are dorks in my household, so I have to ask, what is your favorite nerdy movie or book?
What I Learned From Sam About How to Be a Successful Blogger
- Consistency and patience are the most undervalued blogging skill
- Pinterest and Tailwind are incredibly powerful and worth investing your time to learn
- SEO is just as important
- Focusing on one blog at a time will accelerate your success
- Sam creates content that her readers want and her love for food comes through in her writing
New bloggers should focus on SEO, Pinterest, creating great content, and being consistent and patient.
I truly enjoyed this interview and talking to Sam. She is a really genuine person and she loves her craft.
I love meeting people who love this work as much as I do, and Sam definitely fits that category.
Thank you so much to Sam for giving us some fantastic advice on how to be a successful blogger.
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