10 Top craft blogging success tips to have a great blog

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Today’s article is about looking at the big picture. In the beginning of the year, I posted a landmark post: How to Make Money Blogging with free printable planning tools and goal charts to get your blog going on the right rails.  Start with that post to set yourself big-picture annual targets. I know from experience that it is not so easy to go from ‘just blog posting something for fun and because it happens’ to posting things within a bigger picture with a bigger blog plan, targets and objectives.   These printables were helping you to create some structure and order and to get cracking with becoming serious and measure your success in the various areas during the year.

Craft Blogging Success Tips

Today’s article is both an encouragement article and I will also give you my single best blogging for money – tip ever: see below.

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Craft Blogging Success Tips #1

The Process of Success is not a Straight Line. Appreciate the squiggle.

I have made couple of free printable quotes for craft business owners, i.e. craft bloggers like yourself.

Lets’ say, you did your homework as I suggested in my first blogging success class, and you set yourself objectives, goals and monthly targets for a range of blogging business parameters.

Now, rather than feeling down for not meeting that exact target, use those targets vs. actual point-in-times as opportunities for business evaluation.

Therefore, it is also common, particularly in the beginning of starting to budget and manage your blog, to not achieve your targets.  Sometimes by a small margin, but often not by a long shot.  Now, don’t WORRY!  This is exactly where the ‘BUSINESS MANAGING’ aspect comes in.

Did you meet ANY of your monthly targets in January? Did you exceed any? Write it all down.  Then, have a look at why the gaps occurred. There is even a proper business school word for this: it’s called ‘gap analysis’.

Gap Analysis: Why the Gaps Occur & How to Respond

Many times, when we first start managing a business, we do not really KNOW what will be realistic targets. So, the tendency is to be optimistic (that’s a really good thing) and jot down challenging targets. These targets also somehow represent our dreams….

Two options: 1) have a look as to why you did not realize your target. Is there something that you can do to stimulate a better result next month? If so, write yourself an action plan to implement what must be done. 2) Alternatively, if you did everything you could do already, then consider revising your monthly targets somewhat to become more realistic. I suggest you only revise your targets quarterly, not monthly.

Tip: as you will monitor your business monthly, you will see that there will be annual patterns of performance: year after year, some months will be more profitable and successful than others.  Go with that flow, once you find it.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #2

Success is a Process. Give it time.

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It is the very act of measuring the various aspects of your blog, and analysing what works, and what doesn’t work, that will lead to success. Keep doing it.

Instant success is possible, however it’s not likely. Most people overestimate what they can achieve in 1 year; and underestimate what they can achieve in 7 years. Don’t stop midway.

As well, start detailing your action plan of what must be done to tweak those actual results to outdo your targets.

Your business metrics and analysis will become the soil for your business. This action plan will be the fertiliser to your soil. Go toil your soil!

Craft Blogging Success Tips #3

Learn from what works, and what does not work.

Did you know that most multi-millionaires were broke twice before they finally tried it for the 3rd time and made it big?

They did so in their early 50’s. You have time.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #4

Don’t go it alone. Teamwork works.

Either find a buddy who is a blogger also, or find someone or a couple of friends to blog with. You’ll find that in combination you’ll have all the skills you’ll need. And you can keep eachother motivated in the process.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #5

Keep up with technology

The technology changes endlessly. You did not sign up to become a tech pro. Keep on ploughing away on improving and keeping up to date. And you’ll find, that’s enough. Don’t worry about it. Plugins can be set to auto-update. Perfect. And if you are not technical at all, you can from time to time ask a tech friend or a person on Fiverr to help.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #6

The best part of writing is rewriting

It is quite amazing of how much of a better writer. you become after a few years. So, rather than cringe over those early blog articles you wrote, edit and republish them.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #7

Update your imagery over time

The world of blogging has its own trends, and as technology has overall spoilt consumers with gorgeous graphics, to a certain degree your blog needs to keep up with that.

If you’ve been blogging for a while, upgrade the imagery.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #8

For your blog to be found, SEO’s your friend

Your blog is to compete with those big brands out there for traffic on particular keywords. So, before you have a solid, loyal following, you are to rely on SEO for traffic. SEO stands for search engine optimisation. There is lots of information on how to do this online. Google it and you’ll find the pro’s.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #9

Be consistent

You’ll find that you’ll get (more of) a following if you do.

Craft Blogging Success Tips #10

Ask for help, be part of the community

There are millions of people blogging, just like you. And there are lots of community groups out there for bloggers. JOIN IN! Ask questions. This is your change to get the advice and support you need to grow your blog into dream proportions.

First published February 20, 2015


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