…If you poured the amount of energy into blogging that you expend at your job every day, then you would already be putting in more work than 99% of the bloggers out there…
There are many ways to get people to read your blog. If you are active in social media, such as Facebook or twitter and you have a lot of friends and followers, you work is already half done. Get them to read it and ask them to retweet it or the forward it to their friends.
Then, you can create a fan page on Facebook and post the links of your posts. If you get good at commenting on certain topics (think Perez Hilton), then people will be naturally drawn to you. Once you get a small following, your popularity will increase exponentially, like a snowball rolling down a hill.
Then, you learn about getting your posts to the top page of the Search Engines by getting links from respected websites in the industry. For example, I recently wrote a post on Valentine’s Day that became so popular online that it was given a link on huffingtonpost.com.
Now, I did not ask for this link, I got it because I was popular on the social networks. This got me even more attention from the Search Engines and that increased my traffic even more.
There are, of course, specific strategies that you can follow in order to get traffic to your blog. That is beyond the scope of this article. You can certainly put in the time and effort to learn those strategies but doing so generally puts people off and makes them give up on blogging altogether.
It is easier to motivate ourselves to learn something new or to put in more work into an endeavor if we are already getting incremental results just like it is easier to go to the gym every day if you are already seeing a difference in your health or your waist line.
So don’t worry too much about the technicalities of blogging for now. Simply start blogging and sharing your posts with your friends.
Start a Fanpage and see how many fans you can get. Try to get 100 fans. Once you have this, you will be much more motivated to learn about traffic and monetization strategies and maybe even moving up from the free blogging platforms and getting your own website and hosting.
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