Well, this is awkward. So here I am, with a Tip Tuesdays post and what am I talking about? Tips you need to ignore. I feel like this blog post is some sort of Tip Tuesdays inception. Tipception maybe? No? Oh alright then.
So as I'm sure you've seen all over the internet, us bloggers like to make advice posts - and I'll be straight up with you. Why do I do it? Well, first and foremost I do it because I like to help people, and - chances are - if I want to know how to do something, someone else out there wants to too. Secondly? Well, Tip Tuesdays are some of my most popular blog posts. You guys like em, so I keep doing em. I keep doing em that is, until the ideas run dry. Because, hey, do we really need another blog post with a click-bait title just so I can get a few more views? I think we all know the answer to that one.
So anyway, that's why this post is a little later than usual - because I literally couldn't think of anything I'd want to advise you lot on. Then it dawned on me to maybe advise you guys about what advice you shouldn't listen to (because we all know there's enough of that on the interwebs..#guilty).
As always, different things work for different people, and sometimes it's good to just find your own way, buuuut people are lazy, I'm lazy, you're probably a bit lazy too (no judgement) so if there's an article out there that will tell us how to do something, chances are we'll read it. Just like you're reading this now. God, you're all so lazy! Says the girl who's stayed in her PJs all day. Again, no judgement. Let's get straight onto those top tips for ignoring tips..shall we?
Blog every day
Sure, blogging more often will up the chances of increasing your traffic, but only if you maintain a certain level of quality. I don't know about you guys, but I'd much rather wait a few days for an amazing post than be inundated with a bunch of articles that only exist to gain a few more views. Just remember that it's quality over quantity no matter what. If you're not happy with it, don't post it!
Okay so maybe this worked for me that time I wrote about the downsides to going to London Fashion Week, but that was just a bit of luck. If you start writing controversial posts just for the sake of it your readers will soon catch on, and it'll start getting boring for them, and fast. Of course opinion pieces are a great way of making your blog more personal, but maybe keep those controversial opinions for topics you feel really strongly about, not just because you want to shock people.
Write for everybody
There is no such thing as pleasing every body, so when it comes to choosing who you write for, choose whatever feels natural. Does my blog appeal to middle-aged business men? Probably not. So I don't even try to write for that sort of audience. The truth is is that it's near impossible to take over the blogging world like Chiara Ferragni or Kristina Bazan, so instead try to hone in on what it is that you know..and rock at it.
Comment on other blogs (a lot)
A few years ago this worked wonders for bloggers out there. I mean, it's simple. Comment on big blogs and their readers will find yours, right? Well, kind of, but not to the extent you're probably after. Of course you might get a few hits on your blog if you do comment away, but it's really not worth the time and effort. You're better off spending your time doing something more worthwhile, like creating kick-ass content. Or napping.
Keep blog posts short
Some people like short blog posts, some people like long blog posts. Hell, some people even like posts without any writing at all. What I'm trying to get at here is that there is no exact formula for which blog posts are the most successful. You could write 100 meaningful words or 5,000 words that don't even make sense. It all comes back to the importance of quality blogging - it's what you say that matters, no matter how long or short.
You don't need good SEO
Okay so maybe you don't need good SEO, but it'll seriously help you and your blog if you do implement it as soon as possible. Some blogs do amazingly well without a keyword in sight, but oh, just think about how much better you could do if you just improved your blog's SEO even a little bit. Not sure how? Prepare yourself for a shameless plug. Here are five tips SEO tips that will increase your blog's traffic.
Blog for you, not your readers
Hopefully you started (or will start!) a blog for the pure enjoyment of doing it, not just to get free things and more followers on Instagram. However if you do want to grow your audience it's vital to actually listen to what it is that your readers have to say. Of course you shouldn't write a blog post you have no interest in, but if your readers are looking for something in particular (and if you have the urge to write about it!) make sure you do. They'll appreciate it!
Giveaways will boost your following
This works on a short-term basis, but it's definitely not something that will genuinely boost your following in the long-run. If you ask for your readers to follow you as an entry requirement, sure, you'll get more followers, but it doesn't mean they'll hang around. The trick is to use a giveaway as a reward for your existing readers, not something you should use to persuade others to follow you. Make them want to follow your blog, free things or not.
Are there any other tips you think I've missed out?