Case Study In Finding Blog Visitors
OK – so you may have arrived here attracted by the thought of learning more about finding blog visitors…. but I'll tell you right away, important as that is – it's not just about getting the visitors, it's about building a blog community (aff link) of people interacting and discussing what you have written.
If that's not an idea you're familiar with – take a few minutes to watch a video about building a blog community here, and you will meet Adrienne Smith, winner of the title “Engagement Superstar” for 2011.
Within a few months of starting this blog I was lucky enough to “bump into” Adrienne's blog – which isn't hard – she's “everywhere”.
It was immediately obvious to me that she was doing something VERY right, and I was doing something VERY wrong here.
So I've followed her articles and picked up as many tips as I can along the way, waiting for her posts eagerly.
How has she helped me?
- I have learned her methods
- I have been exposed to her contacts
- I've experienced her engagement at first hand, because she's given me encouragement and help in comments on her blog and on mine.
- Best of all, she's really cared about the ups and downs of my blogging career.
Of course, great as this has been, I've had to pick it up post by post from her blog, and I've sometimes thought – “Oh, if only I could get all this in one chunk to refer to over and over again….”
Now You Can!
Well you're in luck, because Adrienne has just launched a course pulling all her wisdom together AND MORE! (So don't be a cheap-skate and try to pick it up from just the posts – you'll miss out.)
I'm not going to copy / paste the contents of Adrienne's sales page here. Click the banner or one of the links to the page and you can read it for yourself.
Instead I'm going to do something a little different and hope it works.
I'm going to do a case study of the rewards a blogger can see by applying Adrienne's teaching, and I'm going to do it on my own blog!
Case Study: Following Adrienne Smith's Teaching
If you've been following my blog for a while, I hope you will have noticed that it's gradually becoming a busier place to be – and that's despite the highs and lows that take me away from it more frequently than I'd like!
But I didn't just want to FEEL my blog was improving. I wanted to prove to myself, and to my readers, that my blogging has improved, following what I have learned.
So I decided to look back at the first post I made on this blog, in September 2012 >> A New Start
What an embarrassment.
The first post, supposedly announcing my grand New Start, was nothing more than the few words above my newly added November 2014 update.
It was unimaginably BAD – I've even tarted it up a bit from what it was! But now….
I Am Building A Blogging Community!
On that first post did you notice the pre-November-2014 “engagement” (visitor interaction)?
There were THREE comments – and TWO of them mine. Hahaha!
Remember, that is on the post that has been online for the longest time of all (so theoretically could have been found more often than all the others)?
Even I can see that my blog has improved since then, thank goodness! If you'd like more information on its progress, I've actually published it as an update to that first post.
I added it there partly to beef that post up a bit, but mainly because I don't want to obscure the big picture, which is that much of the difference between my first post (as it was) and my improved 2014 posts (see my recent posts in the side-bar) is from following the example of Adrienne and (of course) some of the people* I met through her blog community.
*Too many to credit individually today, but if you are new to my blog, you can see some of them here Thanking My Comment Authors
What Else Have I Done?
- Well, of course I've added more content – but not as frequently as I added to some previous health blogs that hardly received any visitors, despite being packed with detailed and well-researched information. I was posting daily in the case of one lonely blog 🙁
- I have focused better on this ONE blog – but I do still go off at tangents (business and personal)!
- I am being coached by Neil Stafford in the UK – but not on blogging. He looked at it and said “Just carry on what you're doing with your blog”!
- Having learned to interacting with other bloggers, I also reached out to people on social networks – more about some of my social networking friends in a future post.
Despite the extras above I feel, and hope you will agree, that my blog two years on has benefited greatly by the addition of a blogging community freely sharing information with each other.
And this improvement has been just by following snippets of Adrienne's teaching on her blog, without the benefit of her entire course, which I have now bought.
You have seen what can be achieved WITHOUT the benefit of the course, but YOU have chance to learn in hours the lessons it has taken me months to learn.
So – over to you. I can tell you more about finding blog visitors.
Click over to see how I learned to get more visitors to my blog – and more importantly get more engagement from my blog visitors.