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Blogging Tips: 4 Ways To Keep Visitors On Your Site Longer

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Do you see people visiting your site, but they’re quickly leaving?

Or maybe you created this new blog and people aren’t coming at all.

Either way, I’ve got you covered.

When you create a good user experience for people, they will want to stay and keep coming back in the future. Good user experiences can come from many different things.

Content that problem solves, design that inspires, copy that connects, stories that empower, etc.

The question is, how can we improve your site and user experience?

 

Here are 4 ways to help people stay on your site and blog longer:

1. Create content that provides value.

There are 3 main types of content that people tend to love:

  1. Inspiration
  2. Educational
  3. Entertainment

It’s even better when they’re a mix of something.

If the content you’re creating is mostly fluff without providing any kind of value, people are going to stay.

There’s a reason why people love watching corgi videos (it’s entertainment and makes them feel better) or why they watch a YouTube video on how to make matcha lattes (it provides educational and teaches you a new thing) or why they listen to a podcast (most likley inspirational).

So, ask yourself what kind of content you’re creating and how it’s helping your audience.

How can you make the experience better for them?

 

2. Create content that connects / resonates with the site visitor.

Have you ever gone on someone’s website and instantly thought, “they get me”?

Or gotten so excited about someone’s website you checked out all their pages and probably stayed on the site for the next hour or so?

That’s the kind of experience you want to create for your site readers.

From the images you use to the words you write, you want it to resonate with your reader.

Tell them your story, put your personality into it, and be yourself. Let them get to know YOU - what you believe in, what your dreams are, and what goals you’re currently working on. Because maybe they have the same beliefs, dreams, and goals.

Not only does this make them stay on your site longer, but it helps them remember who you are and keeps them coming back for more.

There are a million blogs out there that talk about the same things you do, but the reason people stay and keep coming back is because it’s coming from YOU.

3. Make sure your visual designs and aesthetics are on point.

Have you ever stayed on someone’s site longer because of the way it looks?

I mean -- that’s how we make our clothing choices, right? Because the way they look on us and make us FEEL?

So take a minute and ask yourself (honestly) how your site makes you feel.

What kind of experience are you creating for your reader?

A few weeks ago, I tried doing Google AdSense and it just wasn’t working for me so I turned it off. Because I absolutely hate going on someone’s site and seeing ads everywhere - and so I didn’t want my reader to experience that as well.

Having a clean and beautiful website goes a long way.

Imagine if you went to a store and it wasn’t properly organized and there was stuff on the ground everywhere.

Would you go back, or would you go somewhere else?

P.S. If you're in need of branded blog designs, be sure to check out my design template shop!

 

4. Link up your content with other content!

Once I started linking my articles up with other articles, I know my page views went up as well.

When people are reading about a particular topic, chances are… they’re interested in related content. And if you don’t provide that for them, they’ll probably go somewhere else.

But if you did provide that? It’ll help them stay on your site longer, while also building trust and credibility.

It’s a win / win.

Make your site easy to navigate. There’s nothing worse than a site where you can find anything (I mean, there are worse things obviously but you know what I mean. Make it easy for people to click around!)

3 ways you can link up your content:

  1. Link a sentence that relates to another blog post.
  2. Add a “(Related: Title of Blog Post)” after a paragraph or major point.
  3. Add a “Related Posts” at the bottom of your blog posts.

So, those are my 4 tips on getting your site visitors and blog readers to stay longer.

 

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To recap, it’s:

  1. Create content that provides value.
  2. Create content that connects / resonates with the site visitor.
  3. Make sure your visual designs and aesthetics are on point.
  4. Link up your content with other content.

 

Comment down below and let me know!

Did these tips help? Is there anything you would like to add?


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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too. 

Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger and share your story. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable, because it could change someone's life. 

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Why It's Important To Create Evergreen Content

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Have you ever looked up “how to start your own blog” or even “how to create evergreen content”?

Both of those topics themselves are evergreen content, and I wanted to share with you why that’s important to encourage you to create evergreen content for your own platform and community. 

 

So, let’s start with the question: What is evergreen content?

Evergreen content is content that stays relevant forever and ever, so it’s not about something that’s just happening right now. Rather, it’s something that someone would read 2 years from now and it would still apply to them.

 

So, why exactly is creating evergreen content important?

Reason 1: It continues to help long after the original publish date.

Most of the content created on this blog is intentionally evergreen content, because I want to make sure that it’s still helpful even if someone discovers it for the first time two years from now.

Topics like imposter syndrome? It can be 1990 or 2010; either way, I know there are going to be people who are struggling with imposter syndrome and would like to know how to overcome it.

And this can be applied to any industry. There are always opportunities for more evergreen content to be created.

If you need help with content creation, check out this blog post on what makes great evergreen content and how to create it.

 

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Reason 2: SEO helps people find you and keeps traffic coming in.

Since evergreen content is still helpful and relevant long after the original publish date, people can search for the topics you write about (which, hopefully you’ve named your blog posts tiles strategically and intentionally so that they’re actually searchable and can be found) and find you as a result. 

And when you search for common keywords like imposter syndrome or evergreen content, you’ll find that many people have written about those topics too. 

 

You might think that that’s a bad thing, but it’s very much a good thing and here’s why:

  1. It’s a topic people actually want to learn about and are interested in. You don’t want to be writing about something no one even cares about.
  2. Have you ever searched for something and clicked on a bunch of links only to click on more links?

    Even if your blog post isn’t in the top searches, you still have a chance of being found especially if your post is different (which is why it’s important to add your own perspective and takeaways).

    If your post is just like everyone else’s, it doesn’t give them an incentive to stay on your page when they can just as easily get the same information from someone else. Go the extra mile and give a little more.

That’s also why it’s important to create a free resource library. People love free stuff.

I mean -- we've all gone to Costco to get all the free samples before, amirite? 

 

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Reason 3: You can always repurpose that content!

Let’s be honest: Content creation can be hard - and sometimes, our brains just need a break.

If you think you can only write about something once, think again.

Say you’ve written a blog post that did fairly well, why not talk about those things in your email newsletter or share it on Instagram?

Chances are, most people on your email list and who are following you on Instagram haven’t read your original blog post before.

And even if they have, they can always use a refresher or just skip it altogether.

It goes back to reason 1 as to why creating evergreen content is important - because it can continue helping people long after the publish date.

So now that we’ve establish how this type of content helps your blog grow, are you going to start creating more evergreen content?



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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.

I help bloggers establish and grow their brand identity and online presence through intentional strategy, visual design, vulnerability, and personal growth.

Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today. 

Check out my design template shop!

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5 Reasons Why Your Blog Will Fail (And How To Prevent That From Happening)

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Blogging is hard work.

I’m not here to sugar coat things, because I think there are enough people on the Internet doing that. (But, I will show you how and encourage you if you’re ready to show up and do the work. :))

Even so, there will be countless of blogs out there that will tell you how easy it is and how you can create your own blog in 5 minutes.

But the truth is… the challenge isn’t in setting up your blog, it’s in continuing it.

And I’m going to say that the hard part of setting up your blog isn’t the technical part, because there are so many articles and YouTube videos out there that will literally show you step by step on how to set everything up. 

The hard part is putting yourself out there.

Because the truth is someone might not agree or like what you have to say.

I think most blogs fail - and by fail, I mean you never hear from the blogger again.

They’ve disappeared and abandoned their blog for good, because the truth is blogging isn’t easy. And it definitely isn’t an overnight success story -- if you’re looking for one of those, you’re looking in the wrong place my friend.

I almost abandoned this blog for good last year. And more than once, so trust me, I totally get it.

But if you don’t want your blog to fail, keep on reading.

 

5 Reasons Why Your Blog Will Fail (And How To Prevent That From Happening)


1. Lack of purpose


Problem:

In order to keep a blog going, you have to be wildly passionate about it and be willing to put a lot of effort into it -- and having a purpose really helps with staying grounded when things go south.

There is so much that goes on behind-the-scenes of putting a blog post together. More than most people realize. 
 

Solution:

Know why you’re blogging and be wildly passionate and committed to it. Why do you blog? What is the long-term goal / vision?

Be ready to show up every day.

And if blogging isn’t for you, it isn’t for you (and that’s okay!!).  

There are so many other things you could do like be a microblogger on Instagram, start a podcast, interview others, go on YouTube or even Facebook live, etc.

Find your thing, instead of trying to copy someone else’s thing.

 

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2. Lack of planning and preparation


Problem:

Unfortunately, having a successful and thriving blog isn’t about posting whenever you feel like it. I wish it was, but I’ve discovered the hard way that it’s not.

Content planning, strategy, and creation is so important.

It’s like trying to eat healthy but not creating a plan for it. This isn’t something you can wing and hope it goes well. 
 

Solution:

Create a plan. Start an editorial calendar. See what my step-by-step process for creating a blog post is. Watch what other successful bloggers are doing and how they got there.

Plan. Create. Rinse and repeat.

At the end of the day, we get out what we put in. Plan for your success or prepare to fail.

 

3. Lack of consistency


Problem:

Problem: Two weeks ago, you posted on a Tuesday. Last week, you didn’t post at all. This week, you’re posting on Friday. People have no idea when your next post could be. It could be tomorrow, it could be two weeks from now, it could be never again.

Or maybe you are posting every week, but you write about so many different things people don’t know what to expect from you.
 

Solution:

Whatever it is, consistency matters.

Consistency matters in your branding, in the way you speak, in the topics you talk about, etc. Be consistent all across the board. You want people to be able to recognize you and your brand. Your voice, your story, your core values, your visuals. The more, the better.

 

4. Lack of impatience


Problem:

Problem: You get discouraged every time you see an income report on Pinterest or every time you go on someone else’s blog. You know that saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? Well, it’s so true.

This is me speaking from personal experience, by the way.

Don’t compare yourself to other people, because it leads to nowhere good. 
 

Solution:

Be prepared for the fact that your blog isn’t going to become an overnight success story. You’re not going to write this magical one blog post and suddenly everyone knows who you are.

If you read any of the blog posts written by people who have been blogging for a long time, they will tell you that. They will tell you about how much time, effort, and energy they had to put in to get to where they are.

Do the work and show up, even when no one applauds you for it.

Also, this is always room for improvement and things to learn.

Learn them. Apply them. Keep growing.

 

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5. Lack of self-belief and confidence


Problem:

Problem: You worry that you’re not cut out for this. It seems to be working for everyone else except you, so you end up doubting yourself each and every step along the way. (This slows you down a lot, by the way.) 
 

Solution:

Honestly? Lack of self-belief and confidence is the reason I haven’t grown as much as I’ve wanted to, because I was that person who doubted herself almost every step along the way.

But keep going. Keep showing up.

And when you do fall off the face of the Earth? Choose to come back and start off where you left off. Forgive yourself and believe in yourself.

I hope this blog post doesn’t discourage you, but insead brings awareness and realistic expectations to your life. Because blogging is still very much relevant even in 2018.

People still read blogs just like how people still read books.

So if you want to be a blogger, do it. Just know there are going to be roadblocks in your journey and be prepared for them.

The more prepared you are, the better you will handle them.

I believe in you. You got this.

 

If you’re new to blogging or would like more blogging tips, you might enjoy these articles:


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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too. 

Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger and share your story. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable, because it could change someone's life. 

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What Should You Name Your Blog? 3 Questions To Ask Yourself.

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So you’re thinking about starting a blog, but you have no idea what you should name your blog.

Or maybe you have an idea, but you need a confirmation or some advice.

If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place!

 

So what should you name your blog? 3 questions to ask yourself.

1. Why are you starting a blog, and what are your intentions?

The 1st question to ask yourself is why? What is the purpose of your blog?

There are so many reasons you could be starting a blog (and sometimes, our reason changes as we continue blogging!).

You could be starting a blog to find yourself and to go on a journey.

Or maybe you’re starting your blog to help others find themselves and go on their own journey.

Take some time to think about why you’re starting your blog, who it’s for, and what the intention is.

Is this going to be a personal brand or more of a community based brand where others can contribute?

 

2. What is your blog going to be about, and who are you blogging for?

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They say the riches are in the niches, and I agree with that.

But I’ve also seen people branch out and talk about other topics that they didn’t originally talk about.

Maybe you want to start a food blog, so you’re thinking about using words like “recipe”, “foodie”, “kitchen”, etc. into your blog name. But what if one day you don’t want to create recipes anymore?

(This isn’t to make you feel overwhelmed, btw. You can always rebrand and rename your brand!)

You could always go with something more general like, “eat with (your name)”.

The good thing about adding these words to your blog / brand name is that people can easily get a sense of what you’re about just from your name.

Another thing you’ll want to think about is who you’re blogging for, which goes alongside with your niche.

For example, I love Amanda Holstein’s blog over at Advice from a 20 Something. You already know her blog is about advice for 20 somethings. Plus, it’s a cute name too.

 

3. Where do you see this in 5-10 years?

What is your vision and mission for your blog?

I’m going to tell you something that you probably don’t want to hear: Blogging is not an overnight success story. In fact, it’s like the farthest thing from an overnight success story.

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So… if that’s what you’re looking for, you better start looking for something else.

Which is why I asked the question, where do you see this in 5 to 10 years? I mean, do you see this eventually branching out and growing into something bigger?

Do you want to be the face of your brand or do you want to have a brand that’s not dependent on you?

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here.

And none of this is set in stone. You can always change your mind.

Starting a blog is exciting, but it’s also hard (and has its own set of challenges) so don’t overwhelm yourself or go into decision fatigue along the way.

I wish you the best in your blogging adventure and hope this article helped you with finding clarity around deciding on what to name your blog.

And when you do decide on a name for your blog, I’d love to hear about it! Please feel free to share it in the comments section below.


author bio

Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.

I help bloggers establish and grow their brand identity and online presence through intentional strategy, visual design, vulnerability, and personal growth.

Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today. 

Check out my design template shop!

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