5 Things We Learned About Blogging This Year

From 0 to 1,000,000 pageviews a month.

 

foto-2016-08-28-14-41-16photo: Petra Karlsson

 

We’ve spoken to a lot of cool bloggers over the past few months and learned a lot of tips and tricks from them. But we also know a lot ourselves, and we always forget to share what we’ve learned. From growing a blog from 0 to 1,000,000 page views a month, and all the other things we’ve been doing.

Here are a couple of things we’ve learned.

1. Get organized, seriously organized

If you want to be serious about having a website, you need to get organized. I can’t tell you how many spreadsheets we have. Editorial calendars, lists of writers, bookmarks organized on the bookmarks bar. We are always at least one week ahead of ourselves, many of the bloggers I spoke to were surprised by that, but being organized helps you stay ahead.

2. Edit, edit, edit

Edit your ideas, your style, your design, until it feels right. It’s not just articles that need editing, it’s ideas. When we’re doing an editorial meeting it sometimes takes hours to get good ideas and figure out what content works. And once we’ve got the content we need to make sure the angle and the title works, too.

3. It can be really hard work

Of course, you can blog for fun, and it is incredibly rewarding. But it’s also hard work. You need to constantly evaluate strategies, set goals, network, publish on social media. It’s difficult. It became our lives, and we work extra hard to make sure we get weekends now. But you have to be the kind of person who’s pushed and driven by results, who truly loves it, who can work on the weekends, who can throw a critical eye over your own work. You’re on your way.

4. Never say no

Make great connections, attend cool events, tweet people. Saying no to things won’t open up any paths. At first, I was seriously nervous to go to events because I didn’t know what to expect. And, yes, most people know each other already, and sometimes it can be awkward. But it’s true what they say, after a while of doing the thing you dread, you don’t even think about it anymore.

5. Get your content out

You know, putting out content is the best way to get noticed. Having a steady stream of writing is great, but hard work. Which is why a little preparation is necessary. Having lots of gaps in your content or publishing posts that ‘apologize’ for being away is a no-no. Try to commit if you’re serious about it. Create a schedule and stick to it, that way your readers know what to expect.

 

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Beth

Managing Editor

Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Marianne

    Great advice!!
    I think it all comes down to passion and devotion :)
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

  • Lauren Espino

    It also pays to identify yourself amongst the crowd! :)

    1/3 of Posh Possibilities
    http://poshpossibilities.blogspot.com

  • The Broke Dad

    1,000,000 page views a month? I can’t even generate that into a thought. I have been working my tail off to try to break 1,000 page views a month. HA. Congrats on that accomplishment, I think that in itself is deserving of an award or two.

    Thank you for the motivating post as well, I am not as organized as you are but I am learning to schedule my week out ahead of time as you are right it does make things go much smoother and I feel less stress.

    The Broke Dad

  • Danielle Fairhurst

    Cannot agree more with the organisation part of this. My whole life is just a series of spreadsheets right now!

    It definitely comes down to hard work, self-motivation and determination. There are so many days when I feel like quitting, especially if a post or image doesn’t turn out the way I want it to or a post doesn’t get as many views as I thought it would.

    Dani | flourishingfreelancer.com

  • Camille Beygui

    This is really inspiring !
    Xoxo
    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

  • daphne siy

    Thank you

    http://poshpossibilities.blogspot.com/

  • jayemsey

    I love this! A good reminder to stay organized and to publish consistently good content.

    http://jayemsey.com

  • Teffy @ Sprinkle of Green

    Agree with all of these, especially the organisation! I have a calendar with all the posts, plus an extensive daily to-do list, and several spreadsheets to make sure I keep track of anything and everything.

    Teffy | http://www.sprinkleofgreen.com X

  • Teffy @ Sprinkle of Green

    Agree with all of these, especially the organisation! I have a calendar with all the posts, plus an extensive daily to-do list, and several spreadsheets to make sure I keep track of anything and everything.

    Teffy | http://www.sprinkleofgreen.com X

  • Elise

    I agree with all of these – especially ‘edit edit edit’. It’s important to take the time to refine your work, and make it better than it was before.

    http://www.elisehodge.com.au

  • Daniela

    thanks for tips

    http://www.danielainthelibrary.com

  • Tess_Sequins are the New Black

    Great advise!!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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