Still waiting for the perfect moment to start a blog? In this post you will discover why you should consider starting a blog that matters sooner than later… As 2013 fast approaches, many bloggers will be closing the door on another eventful chapter (year) in their blogging journey. And what a year it has been, whilst we celebrate the achievements and milestones, and take a step closer to the long term goals, be it financial freedom or more traffic, more readers or more great content, we’ve also seen many changes that have made blogging become so much more important to many people’s lives.
There is no doubt in my mind that 2012 has created many success stories for many people venturing into blogging, stories of full-time mums starting a blog and making a part-time or even full-time income from writing. Stories of dads leaving their full-time 9 to 5 jobs, to finally fulfill their dreams of working from home with their blogs and businesses, and having the freedom to build their business around devoting quality time with their families and friends…
But many people are still continuing to wait for that perfect moment, waiting for the right time to come. My friend, there may never be a perfect moment. As a matter of fact, if you’re thinking about starting a blog that matters, now is the time to start making it happen…
If 2012 was not the year for you to start your blogging success story. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog but have placed it on the back burner simmering away for far too long, it’s time to take action, no more waiting…
Hold on a second…
OK, maybe let the busy hustle and bustle of the festive season fly by first, but when the music finally stops and the celebrations are over, consider making 2013 the year you’ll be starting a blog that matters…
In this post you’ll find out why it’s so important for you to make a start on your blogging success story. In this post I’ll be sharing with you a few reasons why you should consider starting a blog that matters in 2013.
1. The Web Needs More Blogs, The Web Needs YOUR blog…
According to the latest statistics (back in April of this year), there were over 500 million websites on the web, and over 200 million of them were blogs… The number of people reading blogs excesses over 120 million, and the numbers are growing each year needless to say. So does the world need more blogs? Does the world have room for your blog?
Even though there are hundreds perhaps even thousands of blogs being born every day, in every possible topic or niche industry imaginable, we still need more blogs.
Whether you want to share your latest videos, photos, tips and advice or use a blog to promote your business, there are thousands of readers out there waiting to read your content.
The web isn’t running out of space, yes the web needs more blogs, more resources and more valuable content, it needs your blog, which is one reason alone why you should consider starting a blog that matters in 2013.
2. Content is the Fuel of the Web
Over the course of 2012 Google has continued to make it very loud and clear that fresh, useful, user friendly, targeted and engaging content is what’s important to the end user. Content is the fuel of the web and blogs certainly have a high and mighty place of pride in it.
Whether you incorporate video, pod-casting, social platforms or photos, providing useful and valuable content that will help and benefit thousands of people searching for them everyday, and at the same time provide you with a sustainable business model, is what really matters.
I talk to many people on a daily basis about starting a blog and many of them want to know ‘how do you become successful in blogging’, whether they’re starting a blog for the first time, or want to promote an existing one.
Of course this is a question that could indeed take a whole blog in itself to answer, but we know that the way to be successful in blogging is to start a blog that resonates with your audience. That is so, so important.
To be successful in blogging, you need build a blog that gives you the power to connect with your audience on multiple levels. To be successful in blogging you need to make a real difference, provide a different perspective that will woo your followers… you simply need to start a blog that matters.
Starting a Blog That Matters in 2013
We talked about the statistics and the number of blogs that are being born every day, the question you’re probably asking is how the heck do you create a blog that really matters, how do you get noticed in the dense forest of millions of blogs out there?
I read blogs every day, I’ve probably thousands of them since I started blogging myself, but these days I probably only stay tuned to a couple hundred of them, and probably only a dozen of them provide content that matters most to me.
Starting a Blog That Matters by Corbett Barr
To start a blog or build a blog that matters in 2013 here’s what you need to understand and focus on –
1. Give your audience a reason to subscribe and follow
Why should I read your blog? What do you have to offer me that is so different from what others are offering? Why should I enter my name into your email opt-in box? Why should I follow you on Twitter? Your audience is the lifeblood of your blog and it’s success, without it you simply will not succeed, simple. So for every piece of content you put out, for every rule of engagement you make, give your audience a reason to follow you.
2. Don’t just tell them, show them too
I could write a post everyday telling you what you should do to increase traffic or make more money from affiliate marketing or how to increase followers on Twitter etc. Guess what! So can thousands of other bloggers out there. Don’t just tell your audience how, show them how. Readers love seeing proof! but at the same time they also love reading how you got their in the first place…
3. Give your audience bags of gold dust, labelled ‘content’
Gold is expensive so don’t bother buying any to give away to your readers. Instead give them the absolute equivalent in the form of content. Make your content so valuable that it gets shared many times over and the echoes of your audience talking about it can be heard far, far away. Give them content that will help them effectively, and content that they will remember you for, for many days to come.
4. Connect using every given opportunity
Distribute your content and connect with your audience on multiple platforms every single day, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or you’re actively engaging on forums, emails, attending social events and expos, wherever you have the opportunity to, make a connection with someone, do it.
5. Build authority
Identify what it is you’re really good at and nail it further, in other words, become an expert. For example, if you’ve mastered the art of building twitter followers, be known about it. A wizard at creating epic YouTube videos, shout about it. Create an eBook or a podcast and become an authority in your field of expertise.
Starting a Blog That Matters, What to Look Forward to in 2013…
I’m holding myself accountable here, as in January 2013 (After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period), I’ll be taking a dive and looking at the 90-day step-by-step course of ‘how to start a blog that matters’, by Corbett Bar, and applying what I’ve gained from the course to my own blogging formula. I’ve read and heard many great things about this guy and the ‘How to start a blog that matters’ course -
For $97 the course includes –
- 13 weekly lessons
- 90-day blog action plan
- 2 Special bonus session videos (featuring Leo Babauta and Danielle LaPorte)
- 2 Bonus blog case study videos
- Full access to FAQ’s and recorded Q&A call
- Full 60-day money-back guarantee
PLUS you also get:
- Corbett Barr’s personal coaching guarantee
- Access to the live “kick-off” webinar
- An outstanding blog to build your online empire and reputation around
I will be writing several posts during my own case study of Starting a Blog that matters and posting it here on the Magnet4Marketing blog, I may even consider recording a podcast and if possible get Corbett Barr himself to appear as a guest on a future show to talk about the course in more depth, so make sure to subscribe to my RSS for the future updates on this.
In the meantime, if you are considering starting a blog now, or perhaps even in 2013, check out ‘How to Start a Blog That Matters’ where you can find out more about Corbett Barr and what he does online and of course more about the 13-week course itself, which I’m so positive you’ll find valuable to your blogging success.
The link below is an affiliate link, and should you use it, I will be paid a commission for referring you to the course, of course at no extra cost to you.
In the meantime, look forward to the case study articles in early 2013. Now go and make a start on that blog and stop waiting for the perfect moment to never come.