There are few things more satisfying than the moment that your blog goes from something that’s little more than a personal outlet for you to talk about things that you really feel passionate about, to something that other people are actively seeking out and interested in.
Being able to court a decently sized readership for your blog is one of the most amazing feelings and it’s something that not everyone is able to achieve. After all, that kind of popularity and success is dependent on everything from the quality of your writing to the way that you engage with your readers online to how well you promote your blog across the internet. However, for a lot of people, this is only the first step. After all, if you’ve got a decently successful blog, the obvious next step is to try and turn it into something that you can actually earn a living with. However, that can often be a serious challenge. With that in mind, here are some things that you might want to try in order to turn your readers into customers.
Keep your content’s quality up
The shift from a reader to a customer is one that is significant for a lot of reasons but one of the most important is that it the standards that someone expects are going to go up. After all, if a blog is something that they visit casually every so often without ever engaging with it more seriously, it’s not going to matter if there’s an occasional dip in quality or if you don’t upload that regularly. However, if someone is potentially involving their wallet in their engagement with your blog, it’s only fair that they expect more from it. Because of that, you need to be sure that you’re uploading high-quality content on a strict, regular schedule. A dip in your blog’s quality is going to have far more serious repercussions if your financial stability depends on it.
Encourage post engagement
If you want your readers to become customers then it’s just not enough for them to read your blog and leave it at that. You need to encourage them to engage with your posts as much as possible. There are plenty of ways to do this but the simplest and most obvious are to encourage them to share and comment on the posts themselves. Lots of comments on your blog posts helps to encourage it’s ranking on search engine algorithms, and people sharing your posts allows a degree of viral growth that is essential for any serious blog. Things like calls to action are also incredibly important, both for further engagement with your site and your brand, but also in the event that you end up working with sponsors and other businesses.
Build a brand around your blog
If you want your blog to become a way for you to earn a living, then you need to be willing to think beyond the blog itself. Think about the things that really made people want to come to your blog in the first place. Try to zero in on what the selling point of your blog really is and use that to construct a full brand. Think about people online like Zoella. She has been able to take her blog and Youtube videos, and turn those into an entire multimedia brand. This means that she can branch out into books, skin care products, and even advent calendars and she can rely on her audience to engage with and pay for these things because of how strong her brand is.
Treat your blog like a business
If you’re not treating your blog like a business then neither will anyone else. Be willing to look at it from a business perspective, not just a creative one. From reaching out to other companies so you can enjoy Netverify’s many benefits to customers to networking with other blogs in order to increase your blogs reach online, thinking about it like a business is the only way that it can really grow. Otherwise, you’re just going to end up making posts for the same few people over and over.
Of course, this approach to blogging obviously isn’t going to be for everyone. There are plenty of people out there who are more than happy for their blog to stay as a purely creative outlet, and simply want to enjoy the community of readers and followers that they’ve been able to cultivate over time. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! In fact, that approach means that you’re going to be able to concentrate exclusively on creating content that you really love. However, if you find yourself getting more satisfaction out of your blog than your actual career, then it’s worth keeping in mind that you may well have found a potential career that could be incredibly fulfilling for a long time to come.