Did you know that around 7 million blog posts are published every day?
This means that whether you’re new to the world of blogging or a more seasoned writer, you’ve got your work cut out for you when it comes to standing out from the crowd.
Fortunately, there are many opportunities out there that you can capitalize on that will not only help you grow a loyal following but even earn some money through your content.
With that in mind, here are some simple tips that you can use to navigate the world of blogging opportunities.
- Find your niche.
- Create compelling content.
- Know how to market yourself.
- Connect with other bloggers.
- Keep an eye out for paid blogging campaigns.
- Get tech-savvy.
Find your niche
The first step toward running a successful blog is finding your niche. The more specific you can be here, the better, as it will make it easier for you to differentiate your blog from your competitor’s blogs.
Furthermore, finding a specific niche to write about will also make it easier for you to come up with new content ideas, which will help improve your engagement rates and ensure your readers don’t get bored.
Create compelling content
One of the easiest ways to ensure that opportunities find you when writing a blog is to ensure that you write quality content. For example, not only should you
write engaging blog posts, but you should ensure that the blogs you upload are carefully proofread ahead of time.
Making an effort to edit your blogs shows a dedication to your craft that will draw in readers. Furthermore, if companies are looking to partner with bloggers for paid sponsorships or promotions, they will likely assess the quality of your content ahead of time before making an offer.
Know how to market yourself
To succeed as a blogger, you must learn how to promote your blog posts to a wider audience. After all, the more views/follows you receive, the easier it will be to start earning money through your blog. As a result, it’s important that you begin to think carefully about how you market your blog online.
For example, it’s often not enough to upload a blog onto your site and wait for the readers to find you – especially when you consider the sheer volume of articles uploaded every single day.
While following the latest blogging trends can be a useful marketing tactic, you may also want to use social media to drive traffic toward your blog. For example, you could share a brief snippet of your latest blog as infographics on Instagram and encourage readers to check out the full blog to find out more.
Connect with other bloggers
Connecting with other bloggers can also provide you with access to a wealth of opportunities that will allow you to grow your blog. For example, from a simple networking perspective, they can provide you with a range of tips that improves the quality of the content you produce, your writing style, or more. Alternatively, they can put you in contact with brands that offer bloggers paid sponsorships, which means you can earn money by including links in your blogs.
Finally, you could work with other bloggers to write a ‘guest post’ for their blog. Once again, this is a great way to increase the number of weekly readers your blog receives as you share your content with a much wider audience. Of course, you should choose the blogs you appear on carefully, ensuring that you share a similar target audience in order for this to be an effective marketing tactic.
Keep an eye out for paid blogging campaigns
Once you have begun to carve a name out for yourself as a blogger, it’s time to start looking for paid blogging campaigns and brand partnerships. After all, the more you work on this kind of project, the more money you can earn through your blog.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can find different brands to work with, as opposed to waiting for them to reach out to you. For example, you could join the Blogger Tuesday Mailing List so that you receive regular emails detailing different campaign opportunities.
Alternatively, you can reach out directly to brands you already know and love or those that have worked with bloggers before to see if they are interested in a partnership.
Either way, it’s crucial that you recognize your worth during these interactions and do not undersell yourself (or your blog). After all, doing so may mean that you agree to a partnership that only benefits the brand instead of putting together a mutually beneficial deal. When making an agreement regarding payment, be sure to back up your requests with data. For example, let them know how well previous campaigns have performed or how many followers/readers you have on a weekly/monthly basis.
Learning to take advantage of different forms of technology and software can also come in handy when navigating the world of blogging opportunities. This is because it can streamline the process of content creation and sharing so that you have more time on your hands to focus on other tasks, such as connecting or engaging with your readers.
For example, you could use SEO software to incorporate SEO best practices in your blog, which means that your blog will begin to rank higher on Google and other search engines. As a result of this increased web traffic, you’ll be able to build up a steady stream of followers, and you can use this to leverage more deals and opportunities moving forward.
Alternatively, you can use different forms of tech to pre-schedule content, which helps you to stay on top of your content schedule, which can, again, go a long way when it comes to keeping your readers engaged.