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TTMDBP: Helping Your Blog Stand Out

 

MDBP Stand Out Blog

The Key Question You Have to Answer to Make Your Blog Stand Out. Think Traffic.

I have found over the last year that there are 2 ways to get people to come back to your blog AFTER you write great content:

1. Be friends with them.  They will feel pressure to come back because friends will support you.

2. Be different.

But being different and being their friend is not enough you must fill your audience’s needs and wants first and foremost.

How do you do this?

“Think about your potential audience…start by imagining the kind of people who might want to read your blog.” ~Corbett Barr

This is the subject of the latest Million Dollar Blog Project at Think Traffic: Making Your Blog Stand Out.

While you are in the process of launching a new blog, explore other blogs in your niche.  Get to know these sites.  What do they offer the audience you want at your blog?  What is missing?  What can you do differently to attract and keep them?  How can you serve your content better?

What I’ve Done

I am not launching a new blog but it is a great idea to review your blogging goals every so often.  Go back with a new eyes and thoughts to blogs in your niche and see what you can do different or better.

I did just that.

I reviewed blogs that use the same subject matter I do and in the same niche.  I found many things I liked, and did not like and wish to do better or different on my blog:

  • Few had a journey or personal touch to their blogs.  That is what I aim for.  I like my blog to be personal.  These blogs were strictly commercial.  I am not.  When someone comments there is not comment back from the author.  I need to comment back, I want my readers to feel welcome.  And I rarely saw someone’s face.  This gives no connection to the reader.  They are speaking to a logo.  I want my readers to see my face.
  • I didn’t see much video.  This is definitely a way to be different and better.
  • Many blogs simply sold stuff to you.  I like to reference resources, free and for purchase.

What I’ve Learned

I learned indirectly that I need to get out more to my own niche to communicate and explore.  There are times I feel a little disconnected from my fellow WAHM’s, personally and professionally.

Corbett also has a list of great questions to ask yourself when figuring out your readers’ needs:

  • What do they need help with?
  • What are they afraid of?
  • Who (and what) do they admire?

More…

What I Plan to Do

I need to explore more ways to be different.  Maybe seek out new avenues people are consuming information.  I know people love video, it is fast and easy to take in.  I also know many are starting to explore podcasts for blogging.  I am not sure this is for me at the moment.

I am considering adding more of my opinion into my posts.  This can sometimes create friction or fervor, not sure if my blog is the platform for that, but it is worth some thought.

Are you offering something different, unique and better to your audience?

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Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM. She has blogged and been online working her way up since 2010. She loves to help new WAHMs find their passions and then thrive online through blogging, email marketing and social media. Check out WAHM Posts or New Blogger Posts. And my WAHM newsletter. Thanks for coming by!

11 Responses to TTMDBP: Helping Your Blog Stand Out

  1. Love the “re-think”, Allie.
    I look forward to seeing these results, as I peruse your content.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Allie says:

    Megan,

    That is a great tip. “What would I search for or want to read about in this subject?” That is exactly what visitors are doing.

    Many times I write as if I am writing to a friend (without the LOL and BFFF acronyms, lol), it helps to ease into what I am writing.

    Thanks for the great tip.

    ~Allie
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  3. People comment on my header – a cartoon – but before that it’s the name that gets them every time. They just can’t resist: The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman. I’ve been told that when my site is linked to in another blog along with others way more ‘famous’ than mine, I will still have the highest click through rate by far. It has to be the name.
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  4. Oops, hit enter too soon. Also commenting on every comment I think helps, having a lively community by whichever route you prefer – FB or Twitter, forum maybe. I love asking questions and reading the answers on my Facebook page and people seem to like answering too.
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  5. Allie says:

    Alison,

    I have to admit, I was curious about the “warrior woman” title. LOL. I think I searched your blog for a reason you call yourself that. That was a while ago so I can’t remember if I found an answer. But you are right, it helps you stand out.

    And you are always on top of my favorite list to check on FB. I love commenting there.

    ~Allie
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  6. Hajra says:

    And make other work on back links for your blog! LOL! If you know what I mean!

    Loved that you are a constant process of re thinking and evaluating yourself as a blogger! Helps one to figure out so many things as we move on!
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  7. Allie says:

    Hajra,

    I am constantly looking to better myself as a blogger. Not sure if that is because there is a plethora of things to learn in blogging and the Internet or because I just have this drive to constantly be learning.

    I am going to figure out how to get others to create backlinks for me some day. I guess a contest would be a great way.

    Can you think of any others?

    Thanks.
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    • Hajra says:

      All said and done a contest does bring in truck load of back links; but the point is how credible are those. I feel once people like you for providing valuable content and they love your work; they will feature it immediately in their posts and link back to your blog. So, building that audience might be the primary task.

      A short contest can be fun too. Like say, something that runs for a short time and is focused on featuring topics from your blog. Like we take five topics from my blog and you write it and you take five topics from my blog and I write it my way. Like a topic exchange thing; that would be interesting somehow. Juts struck me now. You think that would work?

      Though not for our blogs; we blogs on totally different topics; but yes, something we could work out as a part of the contest you see!
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  8. Allie says:

    That would be a funny contest. I have been brainstorming about contests. I would just worry that people would finds ways to cheat the system. It would have to be cheat proof.

    About that first paragraph. That is very true. I link and share to what I enjoy. I’m assuming others do also.

    ~Allie
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