Keeping your Blog Running – How to Start a WordPress Blog Step 5

This is the last part of our 5 step tutorial on How to Start a WordPress Blog. We already covered the basics like doing proper research and getting some content up and also doing the social media stuff and promoting your blog. These are all the things you have to do if you want to make your blog successful. In the last part we will not be making a recap like most of you thought, we will concentrate on things that are essential to keep your blog going until you achieve success. Of course, the already covered tutorials are important to remember, so keep them in mind.

blog successBefore we get to the point I just want to say I’m sorry for not posting the past week, my work schedule has been rather merciless and I really couldn’t find the time to post or visit the usual blogs. So back to the topic, keeping your blog running and achieving success.

We already covered a great deal of what is needed to make your blog successful. By providing useful and valuable information and content you are one step closer to constant readership from your visitors and the chance that someone will want to link to your blog. So keep that in mind when you sit down to write something. Don’t just post for the sake of posting, every single line you write can be considered as linkbait, so always go for quality as this is the only way that you can expect someone to like your blog, return to read and maybe recommend it to someone else.

Don’t obsess yourself with keywords. As you can see from all 5 parts plus the introduction part of this tutorial there is no keyword spamming, in fact there is almost no repeating keywords at all. Focus on quality, 20% of your success depends on your ability to produce quality, 80% depends on your ability to market. So stay in touch with other bloggers, comment, spread the word of every post using social media accounts that you created and keep people around you informed. Provide a subscription form and grow your list gradually, no need to but a list.

But how do we actually make our blog develop over time into something successful, I mean what we are talking about here are the basic things. Even though they are basic most bloggers fail at one or more, so by keeping to what we talked about here you will ensure proper placement in the SERP and in your readers bookmarks. So again, how do we develop our blog, we develop by learning.

You can learn plenty from more experienced bloggers, so read up people. Go to ProBlogger or SEOmoz blog or other related niche blogs you are interested in and learn from the people that are authority in their fields. Embrace a few things that work for them, try to copy their success, but keep it unique and add a touch of self. The only way that your blog will stand out from the sea of other blogs is to add a touch of self.

The rest is not so hard; we need to change a few things every now and then. By monitoring our analytics and trends we can go back to things that didn’t work out and make them better, constantly optimizing our website on page and off page. But we need to be patient; I already said that the reason why most blogs fail is because only a number of them survive through the first year. You can’t expect great success in only a few months of work, keep your goals in mind and work on achieving them.

blog analyticsRemember this as my last advice to all of you looking to start a blog or optimize an existing one. Don’t be disappointed if your blog starts to go down, this will happen sooner or later, trust me. In most cases it happens after three months or half a year. Your blog simply can’t move up all the time, it can come to a halt or even lose a rank and some traffic, but that is all the more reason for you to keep working on it. Investigate; find out what is wrong, if anything has led to this. Maybe it was the inconsistency with your writing, which is my personal problem with this blog, maybe it is something else. Find out what it is and avoid repeating that mistake. And if you don’t feel interested into writing anymore or you simply don’t have any ideas, relax a little, take some time off, it will come to you, never try to force it out.

I hope this sums up our How to Start a WordPress Blog tutorial nicely. I like to thank all the people that have been visiting my blog and this tutorial and I would like to apologize once again for keeping you waiting so long.

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12 Response to Keeping your Blog Running – How to Start a WordPress Blog Step 5

  1. Lisa on November 18, 2010

    Thanks for all the great blogging tips, I’m new to WordPress and blogging I can use all the help I can get.

  2. natural colon cleanse on November 25, 2010

    i liked the part about not stressing over keyword selection for too long. It is indeed easy to drastically slow your progress by dwelling on one issue for an excessive amount of time. i would say…give it an hour or two of research and selection

  3. Aswani on November 26, 2010

    Hi Zarko, Excellent once again. I like all your points and I am following most of them. Thanks and keep writing :)

  4. lawmacs on November 27, 2010

    Five great series Zarko i strongly believe anyone starting out will certainly benefit from these tips if they follow and implement them well written and highly recommended looking forward for the next series. We do all understand about you been busy same here bro

  5. Cabinets on December 6, 2010

    You just came in time Zarko, because I am really looking for this site. Thanks for the tips. This was really a great help for a neophyte blogger like me. Thanks again pal. Have a good day! :)

  6. Jockey@Mens Underwear Online on December 20, 2010

    Thanks for these plenty tips, Zarko! I am very much glad to saw this site. I am a new blogger too, that’s why I don’t have yet any idea on how to start blogging in WordPress. Anyways, I know that you are there to help me. I’ll just keep in touch to this site.

  7. Weasley@Construction Management on January 5, 2011

    I already heard about blogging in WordPress, but I never tried one. Thanks for sharing this article of yours, this will be a great help for me because I am planning to have an account in WordPress. This will be great!

  8. mike house on May 28, 2011

    Hi Zark0 – First time at your site. From what I’ve seen so far I think I’m going to be spending a good deal of time here. That’s ok right?

    I’ve volunteered to help our church create some buzz around our Youth programs – focusing our 3 youth choirs but also on mission trips and other stuff. The church has a website but it doesn’t hold much interest for teens. So…I thought we might generate some interest in our programs if we created a blog focused toward teens who have some a desire to bond with others as they engage in fun/meaningful/spiritual activities.

    Our choir groups do lots of rehearsing, put on very professional musical productions, go on singing tours around the community and have been to Costa Rica and Bahamas recently and are headed up to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts in a few weeks. I thought that building a blog dedicated to their activities (behind-the- scenes fun, trips/tours, practices, skits for recruiting, interviews, lessons etc.) might be worth pursuing. If you agree that it is worth pursing can you point me toward blog construction tips, blog examples or anything else that would likely help us get going.
    We are buying a few flip cams for the upcoming trip and will be trying to come up with a few video themes/concepts that will be interesting viewing at our blog.

    Thanks for reading all that and for any direction you can provide. Now, pls excuse me while I start digging thru your site.

    Mike House for
    First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale

  9. Zarko on May 29, 2011

    Hi Mike, i sounds to me that you are on the right track and that you have all the ideas you need. I would follow through on that, you just have to remember that you are actually taking your real life community online, so you need to make it easily accessible and sharable, you will wan to the teens in your group to share their photos and videos with others on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. That alone can get you started with a some soil traffic.

    Engage all of the kids you have there to share their experiences, you know, something like a testimonials page for each of the kids you have , stick to that behind the scenes idea and make sure the kids are involved, ask them what they would like to see, I’m sure they will have some amazing ideas.

  10. Antonia@Conversational hypnosis on June 17, 2011

    Once you get your blog running, you have to be able to adapt. The blogging world changes very fast, new things come forward every day (see Facebook) and if you don’t adapt and learn to use the, all that hard work you put into it till then will go to waste.
    Be static and you’ll go down pretty fast.

  11. What is SEO on February 23, 2012

    Hi Zarko, Excellent once again. I like all your points and I am following most of them. Thanks and keep writing

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