8 Reasons Why No One is Reading your Blog.

It would appear that everyone and anyone has a blog these days. And of course, we see those mega-stars making hundreds of thousands of dollars from them. So why wouldn’t someone want to try their hand at it? Some bloggers are simply doing it for fun, to document their personal journeys. Others are wanting to share helpful information, and even perhaps work towards making money from it. No matter what the reason is, how often do you hit publish, only to find your traffic is minimal? What could you be doing wrong?

Maybe I should have called this “why people aren’t reading MY blog”, but honestly, I know there are plenty of bloggers out there struggling to find their tribe of readers. I decided it might be helpful to share some mistakes I’ve made, and some others I know can slow your growth. That is one of my favorite things about the blogging world, the camaraderie of the people you meet. We all want to help each other, and learn from each other. So here are are some tips on why people might not be reading your blog!

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Are you struggling to get blog traffic? Wondering why no one is reading your blog? Check out these blog tips for things you might be doing to turn readers off!

  • You aren’t posting regularly – Firing off one or 2 posts a month is not really going to intrigue readers. You do want to keep them engaged, right? Batch writing several posts at a time is a great way to do that. You will have several posts written, and ready to publish! While it may seem time-consuming for some, keep in mind, you’d be writing them later anyways, right? Set aside a little time each week or maybe bi-weekly. Plan! Prepare and post, it’s that simple.
  • You aren’t proof-reading/checking grammar – No one wants to read something full of grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, etc. Take the time to proof your writing! Grammarly is a great tool for helping while you write, and they have a free version.
  • You aren’t being true to yourself – Just because there are a bazillion blogs floating around, doesn’t mean you can’t be YOU. Don’t try to post things you don’t know about or things you don’t believe in. Your readers can see right through that. Being yourself will shine through, and seeing an authentic post is so much more refreshing.
  • You aren’t promoting your posts – Listen, you can’t just hit publish and be done. There is still work to do if you want to get your post out there among the millions of others. Find relevant Facebook groups. Make sure your blog link is in your social media intros. All of them. Maybe you won’t get traffic from them all, but making the URL show everywhere keeps YOU linked to it. Tweet it out, join Twitter chats or Instagram Pods, etc. But make sure you follow the rules on these social media shares, as you don’t want to be spammy either. No one likes that from a blogger.

 

 

  • You haven’t found your tribe – You’ve probably heard that phrase before. But trust me, it rings pretty darn true. You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and guess what? That is OK! Find YOUR tribe of people and your traffic will start to show it! If you haven’t thought about it, you should check out Jen Snyder’s Find Your Tribe Online course! It has helped SO many bloggers in growing their traffic! She’s got a great Facebook group as well!
  • You don’t have a mobile-friendly site – More often than not, people are reading on their phones and tablets these days. Just because your blog looks great on your computer screen doesn’t mean it’ll look great on your iPhone or tablet. There are plenty of ways to check that out, a lot of themes give you options to view them on all platforms. If yours doesn’t, get our your phone and type in your URL. Make sure it’s easy to read/click/share all the links there.
  • You don’t have photos – The internet is a visual place. If you throw a blog post out there with absolutely nothing to look at other than words, people will not stick around. Don’t go overboard of course, but give your readers a little break from all the words once in a while!
  • Your “About Me” page – Do you even have one? Does it have a photo or 2? To really connect with an audience, you need to let people put a face to a name. And have more than 1 photo, give some details about who you are! I usually go directly to a blogger’s About Me after reading one post! Don’t be generic with it, either.

Are you struggling with blog traffic? What other things do you think you’re doing not quite right?

Why You Should Find YOUR Niche!

As a blogger, you hear so much about “finding your niche”. I’ll admit, I have some knowledge about a lot of things, but just considered “lifestyle” my niche. Since I started this blog late last year, I never really considered narrowing it down. I mean, there are so many things I enjoy reading, talking, and writing about. Why can’t I just do it all? What’s the harm in that? Then I started thinking a bit more and realized a lot of what I was reading was only partially important to me. And there isn’t anything wrong with that at all. We are all different. If we don’t stick to what we know and love, why would anyone want to read what we write?

I read a post recently from a great blogger, Jen Snyder at Women Winning Online. It really struck a chord with me. I instantly knew I had to narrow down and get to the heart of my niche. Why am I blogging? What am I looking for? The answer, in short, is nothing imparticular. BUT I want it to resonate with “my tribe”, people that share some of the same ideas and views. I don’t want to write things that aren’t important to me, just because I want readers. In writing your blog, or anything in your life, FIND YOUR NICHE!

Why should you find your niche? As a blogger, or even in everyday life, shouldn't you do what you're good at and makes YOU happy? Why are you trying to live for someone else?

 

What can help you find your niche? As I thought more and more about it, I decided to make a list. First off, start with the things you are passionate about. List them all, but remember passions only. Then list what you think people want to read about. Do any of the things on that list match up to the first? Are you just writing things you assume people want to read about? Why? Doing that is only going to make you come off as insincere. Even if you think you are going to make people love you, they won’t be loving the real you. For example, I do not have children, (by personal choice), so should I write about “mom things”? Just because there is a large audience of moms out there, I’m not going to pretend to be one. I am a wife, a yogi, someone who has long struggled with money matters, dog lover, outdoor enthusiast and yogi!

For example, I do not have children, (by personal choice), so should I write about “mom things”? Just because there is a large audience of moms out there, I’m not going to pretend to be one. I am a wife, a yogi, someone who has long struggled with money matters, dog lover, outdoor enthusiast and yogi! That being said, I want to share those loves and hope that some others might share that love.

Maybe there are some folks that will love it, and maybe there will be people who simply don’t enjoy what I write. But you know what? At least I’m writing for me. I can’t please everyone in my life, why should I try to please everyone online? We all know that will NEVER happen.

What are you doing or have you done to find your niche?

I’d love to hear how you went about choosing! Did you start out doing something then find it? Did you have it all in place before you started your blog or anything in your life?

Great Blogs You Should Be Following!

We are in a world saturated with blogs, I know. Even with all of them floating around out there, there may be a few you’ve yet to read. I decided to do a round-up of some of my favorites, and share them with y’all!  I’m not sponsoring, nor being paid for any of these. They just happen to be some of my favorite reads. Why not check them out?

Looking for some great blogs to follow? Check out this list of my favorites!

 

  • Making Sense of Cents – Michelle runs an amazing blog about finances and budgeting. She has some of the most incredible information of many of the blogs I’ve ever read. She continually posts income reports, and you can see what a successful blogger she is. You can even read how she was able to pay off $40K in student loans and quit her full-time job, all from her blog! I can’t wait to take her course on affiliate marketing. I’ve heard it’s simply amazing.
  • Moms Make Cents – McKinzie runs a fantastic blog about teaching moms to make money and work from home. Although I’m not a “mom” personally, her tips and information are still wonderful. Her posts show how to make the most of your blog. She’s also a Pinterest genius, and her Pinterest to Profits course has been a game changer for me.
  • Women Winning Online – Jen has a great blog teaching women how to start, grow and run their businesses. Her site is a wealth of information, and her Facebook group that goes along with it is awesome. She’s always ready to answer questions and help each reader get the most of their lives. Her Find Your Tribe Online course is another great tool to help you reach your goals.
  • Just a Simple Home – Terryn runs a great blog full of wonderful information. Her posts range from homemaking, blogging, personal growth and more. She also runs a great Facebook group that has a lot of great participants! Her blog is beautiful as well, which is always wonderful for reading.
  • Boy Mom Blessed – Tyane runs a blog about motherhood, as well as many other things. Like I said earlier, I’m not a mom, but this blog is about way more than that. She posts recipes, blogging tips, and information on working from home. She also has a great vault full of printables and more. I’ve certainly found some of her recipes to be amazing!
  • Eat.Teach.Blog – Divya has a great blog as well. She has some fun posts and posts regularly. She posts about life, teaching, oils, etc. I always enjoy reading her insight on things. Her weekly Thursday posts on things she is loving are some of my favorites. They always seem to introduce me to at least one new thing to check out! She rocks a fun Facebook page and is very active on social media too. It’s great to see bloggers being social with other bloggers. That’s one of my favorite things about blogging!
  • The Minimalist Mind – Olga has a beautiful blog full of productivity hacks! She also offers printables and a wealth of information that so many of us can find so useful. Her posts on self-care, journaling, etc are absolutely fantastic and very well written.
  • Obviously this one. I couldn’t leave myself off this list, even though I’m still learning as I go. I’ll be sharing lots of good lifestyle tips, recipes, money matters, etc. Here’s to  hoping you will stick around!

What other great blogs are you following right now? I’m always looking for great reads, awesome tips, and cool sites!

Check out this list of 8 great blogs you might not know about!

Pinterest to Profits – A Review

Pinterest is an amazing tool. I signed up for it so long ago, you had to actually apply to be accepted! It has come a long way in a short amount of time. It is so much more than “electronic hoarding”. As it has grown and is still growing, it’s not a great search engine, promotion site and more. Starting this blog, I wanted a way to share it. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I already had a pretty good following on Pinterest with tons of pins. I was also following a lot of amazing bloggers and pinners. Then I found that viral pin… Check it out here. It has over 1600 repins already!

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McKinzie Bean over at Moms Make Cents is truly fantastic. You can see from her blog, and her Pinterest account she knows what she’s talking about.She even offers a free mini-course that gives you a sneak peak of her knowledge. I decided to dive into her full class, and I thought I’d share a bit about it here.

Pinterest to Profits review

Pre-Pinterest to Profits:

Be prepared to learn. And I mean learn a lot. I’ve actually gone back through several of the modules a few times and learned even more! Even if you THINK you know everything there is to know about it, you will learn something you didn’t. There are tutorials and worksheets on all things Pinterest. From the very first lesson, I knew I was going to learn a lot. AND I was going to have a lot of homework to do. McKinzie does not by any means tell you to do homework, but let’s be honest here. If you want this course to work for you, you are going to have to put in a little work. That’s life, and hopefully, if you are reading this, you understand that.

Pinterest to Profits, the course:

You will get so much information, but it’s divided nicely into modules. There are video tutorials as well as spreadsheets and pdf worksheets. McKinzie organized this perfectly! You will learn about turning your profile around, making rich pins, how to make a pin go viral, the analytics, (which come after the business profile section) and so much more. She also includes some really great bonuses! There is a spreadsheet of group boards, trials to both Tailwind AND Board Booster. She also gives great tutorials on both Canva and PicMonkey, which are 2 photo editors that both have free offers that will help you make amazing pins

This 1 course has truly changed my Pinterest game. After just a little more than 2 weeks, my impressions were up 647% and my daily views were up 741%! That is CRAZY! I checked my Google Analytics to find my traffic to my site from Pinterest was up 387% over the last month! If those numbers aren’t enough to convince you to check it out, I honestly don’t know what would. If you haven’t checked out her blog, or her Pinterest, you definitely should!

 

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

 

Click HERE to check out the full description and enroll in the course! And if you click through my affiliate link, I will receive a commission at not additional cost to you. Thank you for your support of not only me but also McKinzie and her amazing course!