Do You Know What Works For Your Blog?

What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you (That is the sad truth, my friend).

On a positive note, you can know exactly the types of blog posts that your viewing audience loves to read.

And, how does one go about acquiring this sort of information?

Dear friend, you can know exactly what works for your blog via a bit of experimentation and by being highly observant.

No Big Set Of Experimentation Is Required For Those Bloggers With A Niche

I will like to state for the record, that I am in no way hinting that all bloggers should focus on fitting themselves within a niche.

Why?

Because it is not mandatory for personal bloggers to go along with a niche and stick with it (Choosing a niche is an optional thing for personal bloggers and personal bloggers also have the freedom to publish content on their blog that is of a miscellaneous nature).

In regards to business-related bloggers, choosing a niche and sticking to it is important.

It is no huge secret, that a niche allows both people and search engines to know exactly what a person’s blog is about.

Do keep in mind, that personal bloggers blog mostly for fun.

Whereas, professional bloggers approach blogging as a livelihood; thus sticking with a niche helps them to achieve their financial goals.

In addition to professional bloggers having their niche all figured out, they experiment with SEO plugins (with the intentions of finding a favourable spot on Google’s search engine results pages) and various marketing techniques — the type of techniques that helps them to sell their products to those people that visit their blog.

Lots Of Experimentation Is Required For Those Who Publish Miscellaneous Topics On Their Blog

Publishing content of a miscellaneous nature can be a hit and miss scenario for bloggers because readers have their preferences; they may like one topic more than the other.

Where topics are concerned, you can find out the ones that your readers like most by looking at your stats.

If you are the type of blogger who is concerned with acquiring a huge number of incoming views to their blog, you can bring that goal of yours to fruition by publishing the types of blog posts that your viewing audience wants to read.

I would also like to remind personal bloggers, that one of the main reasons for starting a personal blog is for them to post the types of things that are truly personal to them and going along with popular topics (especially those that they are not fully committed to or no longer have an interest in) is akin to selling their soul.

Personal bloggers are lucky in the sense, that their viewing audience will gladly accept almost any type of topic that they publish on their blog.

Where I am concerned, I do my best to create a middle ground; which involves publishing a bit of what my viewing audience wants to see (luckily for me, I have a genuine love for those topics) as well as publishing other types of topics — the kinds of blog posts that are published solely for my own viewing pleasure (Yes, I like to indulge myself in the types of topics that I personally, would want to read).

To Use Or Not To Use Social Media For The Purpose Of Promoting Your Blog

For the record, not every personal blogger promotes their blog via social media.

Thankfully, the blogs of those people on WordPress.com are seen by their fellow bloggers on the WordPress Reader (Provided that tags are added to them).

Ironically, one’s blog tends to get more views via the WordPress Reader; it surpasses that of what they would normally get over on Facebook and Twitter.

Most of the younger bloggers (and some of the older ones too) do not mind promoting the links to their blog posts via their social media accounts (They welcome the idea of acquiring more incoming views to their blog).

On the other hand, professional bloggers always make it a priority of theirs to promote their blog via their social media accounts (These people are making a living off of blogging. Therefore, they stand a much better chance of making money by getting themselves well-known on those popular social media platforms).

So, it is imperative for professional bloggers to promote the links to their blog posts on their social media accounts.

Whereas, it is merely optional for personal bloggers to promote the links to their blog posts via social media.

Do I promote the links to my blog posts over on social media?

Yes, I do!

In spite of being a personal blogger, I use Pinterest and Mix to promote my blog posts.

What about you?

Do you promote the links to your blog posts via any of your social media accounts?

Figuring Out How Often We Should Publish Content On Our Blog

Where our blog’s longevity is concerned, we need to update it constantly with fresh content.

Some bloggers are highly capable of publishing content on their blog:

  • Every single day of the week.
  • A few days a week; for example adding new content to their blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Once a week.
  • On a fortnightly basis.
  • Once a month.

One of the secrets of publishing content in a timely manner is choosing a blogging schedule that is most appropriate for you.

Those people who are unable to keep up with the pace of publishing content on their blog daily can choose any of the other blogging schedules that were mentioned above.

Final Thoughts

It may take a while for the newcomers to blogging to actually figure out what works for them (This, my friend, is all part of the learning process).

Once a blogger has figured out the things that work for their blog, they should continue doing those things.

Do you know what works for your blog?

I would love to read your response; you can add it via my blog’s comment section.

There is an old saying that states, “Sharing is caring!”

So, please feel free to share the link to this blog post via your favourite social media accounts.

I hereby invite you to subscribe to Renard’s World.

And, thank you for reading!

80 thoughts on “Do You Know What Works For Your Blog?

  1. Great post as always. I’ve never heard of “mix”. I’ll need to look that up. And of course, tho I’m not from US, sharing is caring so will share. 😊

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  2. I see from stats, my posts about keto nutrition win for this day. Anyway, as a personal blogger I still feel myself in a stage of writing just about anything that comes to my mind at the particular day and I like it. I try to embed some associate links to get tips from amazon, but Im doing it mostly for fun to see how the things work and do not stress that still nobody click on it:)
    I am struggling with connecting my WP with social media (just there is always no time for it at the end of the day:)). But I just have created my Instagram, haha! Thank you for the post!

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  3. Once per week works well for me. Also, I really don’t like bloggers who post every day. It’s just too much, in my opinion. Plus, I follow several different blogs, so I just don’t have time to read ones that post so often. I put it a poll to find out what my followers preferred to read. It was interesting and a bit surprising.

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  4. Hi Renard, I like that WordPress (the Free platform) can get your blog further out there than social media today. I may have to start another there soon! But I wonder would WordPress censor anything? Hmm. Lots to think about Renard but I like the idea of this one. Thank you!

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    1. 🙂 I do not think that you would have an issue with censorship, Lisa.

      However, you will be nailed to the proverbial cross if you violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    1. 🙂 Oh, that is a simple one. I have followers on Pinterest and they take a look at my stuff whenever I add the various Pins. They also Pin those items of mines that they like to their Pinterest account.

      A user can create specific boards on Pinterest for certain types of Pins; for example, they can create a “Fashion” board for stylish clothing.

      Think of Pinterest as being a sophisticated visual search engine.

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  5. Renard – thanks for posting the great content that you do. It really helps to have reminders like these for the blogging community. And your distinction between personal and professional bloggers is very helpful as well. It brings you back to the “WHY” you’re doing what you’re doing as a blogger/content creator. Keep up your great work. I truly appreciate your insights.

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  6. Dear Renard, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this 🙂

    My blog definitely falls into the niche category, and I agree absolutely that trying to post anything other than what you truly wish to share, however varied it may be from post to post, would be akin to selling your soul. That made me laugh!

    I simply can’t waste time people-pleasing. I write to please myself and if that pleases others too then wonderful. My genuine love of writing and sharing my thoughts keeps me writing and if they resonate with others that makes my day!

    Thank you for your great tips. 💕

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  7. Another excellent post with good advice, Renard! Since I have taken a hiatus from posting a weekly prompt, I am still gaining new followers which pleases me. I use Twitter to promote my blog, however, I may end that relationship soon. I got rid of Google and Instagram but may consider Pinterest (thanks for the tip). I am making several changes to increase my online security which is taking a lot of time but I feel it will be worth it.

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  8. Actually, I honestly don’t know what works for me and I feel bad for it. Probably because I have a lot of things that would like to talk about. As a woman, it is hard to focus on one topic like blogging tips alone. 😂 Women can’t stick to that compare to men. That’s not how our brain works. I guess, the only thing that keeps me going is the fact that I used to read books and watch different kind of films. Either a documentary or just a movie. But I often go to something educational and that’s something I still continue to do on my blog – to educate people. ☺ Thank you for posting this, very well explained. 👍

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  9. Hello, Renard! Great points to remember! Recently, I was wondering about a thing. I know how useful the WordPress.com Reader is, it’s my primary traffic source. But if someone reads a post through the Reader, they don’t see Ads. For websites on WordPress.com Premium and Business Plans, isn’t that a potential con? Aren’t they losing Ad revenue?

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    1. 🙂 Esdi, you have brought up a valid point.

      The answers are both “Yes” and “No.”

      The WordPress Reader shows a truncated view of one’s blog post. If the person clicks on the title of the blog in the WordPress Reader, they will see the entire post without ads.

      However, if a person clicks on the “Visit” tab on the post in their WordPress Reader, they will be forwarded to the URL of a blogger’s website; thus seeing all of the ads (Unless the blogger chose not to display ads on their website).

      Thank you for your question.

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  10. Thank you for this wonderful article. I read it all. I have my blig here at wordpress as obviously you can see. At first I am sharing my blog to social media specifically at Facebook. But Fb ban my blog. So i worry how to get subscriptions or students. But wordpress manage that worry of mine through SEO. So i rely that worry to SEO and me focusing on creating content that will make people see and experience my work

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    1. 🤔 I am sorry to learn that Facebook banned your blog.

      Focusing on SEO is not a bad idea; it is highly recommended if you want your blog listed on Google’s search engine results pages.

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  11. It takes a bit of trial and error to figure out what works for you and there’s no magic formula.
    While my blog is sort of a mixed bag I try to keep it organized by having different categories than having one niche while with time I have noticed my content has a general unifying theme across all the categories I haven’t quite given it av name yet but it will come to me, and though I am personal blogger I have started referring to it as a social commentary than just personal blog

    The bulk of my traffic comes from WordPress reader followed by search engines and then social media
    I wouldn’t say I actively promote but each new post automatically shares across my different social media platforms upon publication
    ~B

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  12. Some good points Renard, personally I post every day but as I schedule it works well for me I also share automatically across my social media…I also read and comment on blogs each day and that also helps to build up a rapport with other bloggers 🙂

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