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Growing a thick skin as a blogger

Being a blogger opens you up to all sorts. You get the admirers and the trolls. The great comments, the shades and the in your face insults. The job comes with both as we expose our creation (whatever it may be) to the whole world. So if there is one thing you need to have or work on asap as a blogger, is to grow a thick skin. Blogging is not only about writing. You have to spent a good amount of time promoting your blog and social media platforms, especially in the early days.

 

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Putting your blog out there is essential in order to make a name for yourself. These actions usually attracts more eyeballs to your blog, which is a good thing. But then the trolls find you, and if you are not strong enough, the rude comments may stop you blogging altogether.

 

Growing a thick skin as a blogger

So how do you grow a thick skin as a blogger. I have been blogging for almost 6 years now and I have had a few rude comments but not as many as I thought I would if I am being completely honest. Which is a good thing I guess. I had most of the trolls in the first year of my blog, which I found surprising. I guess their aim was to kill the little confidence I had in my blog back then. I also have a feeling some of the trolls knew me in real life, which I find really sad for them.

 

Here are three ways you could grow a thick as a blogger.

 

Carry on anyway

I know how hard it can be. But the key to growing a thick skin as a blogger is to ignore the negative comments and carry on anyway. Delete any rude comment and block any troll on your social media platform. There is no need trying to have a conversation with them. The only aim of the troll is to make you feel bad about yourself and what you do. And that is because they feel bad about themselves. Don’t let them project their negative thoughts on you. Ignore them, use the delete.block option and carry on anyway.

 

Work on your self-confidence

In order to be a successful blogger you have to work on your self-confidence. This bit is very important. If you have no self-confidence, you wouldn’t be able to carry on anyway when the negative comments start rolling in. Once you have self-confidence and believe in your work, no one can get to you as much as they would if you don’t have any. You have the key to your self-confidence, use it.

 

Don’t take things personally

It is incredibly hard to not take things personal when people are nasty towards you, but you must learn not to. Nasty people live nasty lives which is why that is all they can give. Do not let them project their frustrations and bitterness on to you. Instead see right through them and keep it moving. Do not entertain or engage their negative energy.

 

What are your thoughts on growing a thick skin?

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6 ways to grow your blog organically

So you have a blog.  You’ve been consistently creating content on your blog, but for some reason your blog is not growing as fast as you had hoped. It can be frustrating that your page views or engagement rate is not going past a particular mark despite all the hard work you put into your blog. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there. And just like every problem there is a solution. Here are ways you can grow your blog organically.

 

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Publish content that your target audience wants to read

Great content goes around fast. With this in mind you have to make it a priority to create blog posts that are valuable to your target audience.

What are the pain points of your target audience? What are the questions they keep asking and want answered? How can you make your resource better than all the others that are out there?

Asking yourself those kind of questions will help point you in the direction of the type of content your target audience would like to read. If you’re still lost as to what kind of content your target audience will love to read, then you can simply ask a cross section of your target audience and use their feedback as a guide.

 

Guest post in blogs that are in your niche

One fascinating thing about growing your audience is that having quality content is just one part of the equation. You can’t just limit yourself to consistently creating awesome blog posts for your blog alone.

To draw more readers to your blog, you need to create great blog posts for other blogs. The kind of content you create for other blogs with a larger readership than yours will attract more people to visit your blog too. You can do this by simply making reference to your blog within the content of your guest post or in your author bio.

 

Engage in communities where your target audience is hanging out to grow your blog

If you want to get your blog posts in front of your target audience, you need to go to where they hang out online.

I’m not talking about spamming forums or groups with links from your blog. I’m talking about carrying out conversations with people in those communities and groups. Be helpful in those communities and groups. Answer their questions and share resources that will help the members of those communities.

The more you reach out to genuinely help people, the more they would like to know what you’re about. They would eventually stumble upon your blog and be devoted readers.

 

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Network with other bloggers in your niche

Make consistent effort to get in touch with bloggers in your niche. You can either network with bloggers at meetups or conferences, or you could get in touch with bloggers online.

Build a relationship with those bloggers and think of creative ways you can help each other grow. You can do this by sharing each other’s content on social media, commenting on your blog posts or collaborating in blogging projects.

 

Promote your blog on social media

By now you must have noticed that growing your blog means you have to put your blog posts and expertise out there consistently.

Most of your potential readers are lurking on social media and the way to create awareness to your blog is by consistently sharing it on social media.

Let people know about your recent blog posts, the blog posts you’re working on and the previous blog posts you’ve worked on.

Remember, don’t spam. Instead, creatively weave in links to your blog posts with tips your target audience will find helpful.

 

Encourage your readers to share your blog posts

Don’t underestimate the power of the share buttons on your blog. If you don’t have them on your blog yet make sure you set them up.

I have observed a lot of bloggers who write awesome blog posts but never include a call-to-action at the end of the article. If you’re among them, then make sure that before you hit ‘publish’ you write a line asking your reader to share your blog post. That simple request can help increase the visibility of your blog and consequently boost its growth.

 

Do try these tips and let me know how you get on. If you have any extra tips to share on how to grow your blog, please do so in the comments section below.

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Should Bloggers Share Their Rates With Other Bloggers

Should Bloggers Share Their Rates With Other Bloggers? This is a question many bloggers, including myself have asked over and over again. It is really helpful to share your rates with your fellow bloggers. That could help a newbie blogger make the right decisions when it comes to how much to charge for sponsored posts and all. But sharing these rates causes other problems that can be avoided.

 

 

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Here are 3 that may come up when bloggers share their rates.

 

Confusion galore

When bloggers share their rates with other bloggers, it can cause a bit of confusion. As someone who wears both the blogger hat and blogger outreach/PR hat, I have experienced all sorts of confusion when this happens.

Blogger A can tell other bloggers in a not so private Facebook group on how she was paid £XXX amount for a sponsored post with a fashion brand. Other bloggers would start to wonder why they were only offered £XX even though their blog is a lot better than Blogger A’s blog (or so they think). This confusion eventually reaches the PR, which usually creates more drama. The other bloggers may decide to push for what Blogger A got by all means. Which usually means they end up with £0 depending on their PR’s mood, the campaign and how badly they are needed.

 

Envy is the name of the game

Some bloggers have no discretion. They shout from the rooftops about how much they are paid for various campaigns, regardless of whether they are asked for the exact figure or not. Or they moan about how little a PR has offered them for a campaign, which means they usually charge a lot more than that. This causes envy amongst the blogging community which isn’t needed.

I work on blogger outreach with various clients and I have done this for years. I know bloggers that charge as little as $30 and I know bloggers that charge as much as $1000 for 1 blog post. But you will never catch me online talking about these rates with anyone. I think it is so unprofessional and completely unnecessary.

 

The only way is deceit

Check out this scenario – PR mentions she needs bloggers for a sponsored post on a Facebook group. Bloggers leave their details as normal. PR contacts Blogger B for a super easy 300 words sponsored post with a £40 plus Paypal charges. Blogger B accepts the offer and gets to work. Hours later, another Blogger leaves a comment in the same Facebook group about the PR’s offer asking if anyone got a higher fee. Blogger B responds saying she got £65 instead of £40 (which is a lie) and for the blogger to push for more. The PR sees all this but doesn’t say a word. She has to remain mute and professional to save her client’s brand. I know this because the PR was me.

I see this happen everyday with many bloggers lying about what their rates are and what they got for a blog post. The lies still shock me  I have come to realise that the blogging industry is a dog eat dog industry, and many people are just out to bring others down. It is a sad but true fact which is why we bloggers need to have a mind of our own and not go with the flow. The destructive or ruthless competition is not going away anytime soon.

 

 

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The Verdict

So back to the question, should bloggers share their rates with other bloggers? As a blogger, I would say YES to a certain extent but with discretion. You can give an idea of what you earn if you are comfortable doing so. It would definitely help someone who has no clue on what to charge. But as someone who works in blogger outreach, I would say NO. It causes confusion, envy and too much bad blood. So do share valuable honest information with discretion. 

What bloggers need to understand is that various blogs appeal to different people/brands in so many ways. Just because you have the same domain authority as the next blogger does not automatically mean that you would be paid the same rate. Brands look at so many different things when it comes to putting a price on a blog post. My advice is to focus on what you are doing and the figure you are happy with. Pay little or no attention to what other bloggers are doing. Trust me, it works!

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