what she does everyday to be successful! Yahoo!
If you haven't heard of The Six Sisters', they're pretty much the goddesses of quick and delicious recipes and have a very successful blog where they have over 3 million pageviews a month! They're also cookbook authors, recipe developers, entrepreneurs, and are the creators of My Recipe Magic (a recipe sharing site), and Six Sisters Style (a fashion and beauty blog).
1. Work, work, work- and realize that it's not a sprint, but a marathon. Success is defined differently for everyone, but that success will mostly likely not be achieved unless you are willing to work for it. It usually won't be easy, but it will be worth it. Most bloggers don't feel successful because they don't get the results they want fast enough. There is no easy way to quickly grow your blog overnight- you just have to be consistent for days, weeks, and months. Consistency is KEY. If you decide that you are going to post three days a week, then post three days a week. Let your readers learn that they can count on that new content from you on certain days and at certain times. They will come back for it. When I work with beginning bloggers, I tell them to plan on their first year being their "growing year" - to not expect much income or traffic, but if they push on and give it their all, they will see exponential results in year two.
2. Have a strategy. Posting content is one thing, and sharing it on your social media networks is another. But let's be honest - when you are just starting out or are still a fairly new blogger, your small followings are not going to produce the big numbers you might be hoping for. So, come up with a strategy of how you will get your content in front of large groups of people. The easiest way to do this is to somehow get someone with a larger following than you to share your content. Collaborate with bloggers who have more page views, more social media followers, etc. Sit down and write down 4-5 different sites that you would love to collaborate with- then make a plan and set some goals that will make that happen.
3. Using scheduling tools. At one point in my blogging career, I was seriously spending 3-4 hours a day promoting my blog posts on social media, connecting with other bloggers, and actively involved all over my social media networks. I burned out so quickly. Thankfully, I realized that there were social media scheduling tools (even free ones!). I now spend about an hour late at night (when my kids are sleeping) and schedule out the entire day. Then, while my kids are awake, I don't have to worry about being on the computer. It has been a lifesaver.
4. Have blogging friends. When I first started blogging, it seriously was a divider in my marriage. My husband couldn't understand why I loved it so much and never wanted to talk "blog". Thankfully I had my sisters and blogging friends to turn to so that I didn't have to talk my husband's ear off about page views or guest posts. (3 years later, my husband is now a bloggers himself. Miracles do happen! ha ha!)
5. Realize that you can't do it all, it doesn't happen overnight, and remember why you started in the first place. I think that sometimes bloggers get overwhelmed at all that they are "supposed" to do. Even Wonder Woman wouldn't be able to do everything that bloggers need to do every day. Do what you can and feel good about it.
Thanks Camille for sharing your secrets!