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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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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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How I Decided To Price My Digital Products

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Have you ever stumbled over how to price your digital products and online services (whether they may be courses, ebooks, templates, monthly memberships, etc.)? 

Because I have. 

In fact, when I started brainstorming on what my prices would be, I jumped from one number to the next number …and then switched it back to the original number only to change it about 3 more times. 

If you’ve ever tried to put a price tag on a product, course, service, etc. before, I’m sure this is not news to you. 

 

Before we dive deep into this topic of pricing your products, I wanted to briefly go over why I’m even writing this blog post in the first place. 

The main reason is because this is something all entrepreneurs and small business owners go through. Or even hobbyists who have ever sold anything online. 

There are so many factors to take into consideration, including but not limited to:

  • supply and demand,
  • competitor’s pricing,
  • customer expectations,
  • positioning, profit,
  • etc.

Not to mention... your mental health, level of self-care, emotional sanity, and money mindset. 

I mean… when you think about it, pricing your online products should be easy. Or at least, not this challenging and daunting. 

Also, I thought it would be cool and insightful to see how I ended up with the pricing that I did. And of course, I wanted to be transparent and share the process with you. 

So let’s go back to the beginning. 

 

How did I decide to price my digital products?

1. The pricing world of 4, 7, and 9’s. 

If you’ve ever found yourself in someone’s sales funnel for this course, membership program, mastermind, etc., you’ve most likely seen whatever they were selling ending with a 4, 7, or 9. 

There’s something called “psychological pricing”, which is basically a pricing and marketing strategy many use to get you to buy. Here’s an article by Entrepreneur that talks about this if you’re curious. 

Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of this. I always thought it was so annoying when someone priced something at $999 or $1,999, because they’re not tricking anyone, right? 

At the same time, when you see everyone else doing something and they seem to be successful, you can’t help but want to do what they’re doing. Because… they must be doing something right, right? 

So when I first started pricing my products, I came up with numbers like: $12, $15, $17, $19, $27, etc. 

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(Which, now thinking about it, is so weird because I don’t even like odd numbers. They make me feel… odd.) 

Luckily, around that time, I stumbled upon this lovely article by Jason Zook over at Wandering Aimfully. 

I’ve always been a fan of Caroline from Made Vibrant (who also happens to be Jason’s wife) and her work. 

A few years ago, I bought Caroline’s course Better Lettering Course for $20. Last year, I bought Caroline’s course Create Your First Online E-Course for $30.

So evidently, seeing whole numbers did not stop me from buying something. In fact, sometimes it made me more excited, because it didn't feel like someone was trying to "market" me and that they were focused more on providing valuable education and resources. 

That was my first sign that maybe I should just round up to whole numbers. 

 

2. Rising Tide Society - Tuesdays Together event

Fortunately, by the time the Tuesdays Together monthly meeting came around, I was already a few days into 12 Days to Launch, so I wasn’t completely in concept and brainstorming stage anymore. 

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By this time, I had a few of my products built out, knew what each of them included, and how they would help someone’s business. 

And since my goal is to sell the design templates to creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, influencers, photographers, etc., I thought it’d be a good idea to ask the group I was in. 

Pro tip: Ask people who are your ideal clients and customers for feedback. Sometimes, we want to think we know everything ourselves - but we don’t. 

The result? They didn’t like the odd numbers, either. It can feel like someone is tricking you into thinking it’s a “better” deal because the price tag ended in a certain number. 

So after that conversation and reading Jason’s article at Wandering Aimfully, I decided to round up my pricing to whole numbers. 

The other thing I did? 

 

3. Increased my prices. 

Why? Because I realized I was providing a lot of value in time, energy, knowledge, and expertise in what I was offering. 

I'm not talking about like majorrrr price increases, but an additional $10-20 here and there. Which let's be honest, is about how much a lunch meal ends up costing anyway. 

Also, I know what works well with blog posts, Pinterest, and what’s going to help you make the most impact and get the best engagement. 

Plus, every platform serves a different purpose because each platform is used differently. 

Another major part of it is that I’m not designing things just to make them look pretty (although that’s a huge part of it because creating good experiences is essential), I’m also incorporating my knowledge of branding, marketing, and the Internet into my designs. 

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Increasing your prices to $20-30 when someone can find a $5-10 template can be scary, but what ultimately helped me get over this fear was realizing that my design templates are unique. 

Every digital product and online service out there is unique and different, whether it’s a copywriting service, a productivity membership site, an ebook on how to create your first course, etc. 

Just like how every brand has its own personality, every designer has their own personality too.

I’m not designing templates for everyone; I’m creating design templates for soulful bloggers, brands, and creative businesses who want to effectively reach their ideal customers, clients, and community. 

If you're trying to reach everyone, you end up reaching no one. 

 

4. Pricing that feels good to you. 

Sometimes, pricing can feel like you’re pulling numbers out of thin air. 

At the end of the day, I think it really comes down to what feels good to you. 

The truth is that everyone will have an opinion on how you “should” price your products, but the only person that knows what’s best for you is YOU.

So ask yourself if what you're pricing your digital products at feels good to you.

Does it make sense to you? Does it feel aligned? Are you confident in it? 

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$10/template didn’t feel good to me.

Especially when I'm providing more than one variation for each template.

It felt like it came from a place of scarcity, fear, and worry that no one would want to buy my products. Because there were so many other products out there, I “should” lower my pricing so other people would think it’s a better deal. 

But wouldn’t it be better to come from a place to confidence and clarity (in knowing that the value you’re providing is amazing)?  

From a place of abundance (in knowing that potential customers are everywhere and there’s enough to go around)? 

From a place of believing in yourself (because it’s really exhausting not to)? 

As Gary Vee always says, "What's the alternative?"

Believe in yourself and believe in what you’re making. 

Self-doubt will not only kill your productivity, but it can slowly chip away at your passion and soul as well.  
 

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conclusion

While I may not have the answer to how to actually price your own digital products and courses, I hope that by sharing my own experiences through this whole journey, you’re able to see that there is no right or wrong answer.

There is no magic formula that will solve everything, but instead there are a lot of factors to take in and that there is no right or wrong way to do anything. 

Do what feels good to you, because the most important thing is that you keep doing it.

Test and experiment. Be okay with making mistakes. We learn by doing, taking action, and putting ourselves. 



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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!

My Philosophy On Personal Branding: Why It's So Important & How To Do It

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If you ask 10 different people on what the definition of “branding" is, you’ll probably get 10 different answers. 

Today, I’m going to share with you my philosophy on branding and why it’s essential not only in your biz but overall life. 

 

What is branding? 

It’s your… 

  • story. 
  • core beliefs and values. 
  • personality and unique traits.
  • tone and voice - the way you say things and what you say. 
  • friends - the people you choose to surround yourself with.
  • messaging, copy, and taglines. 
  • color and font palette. 
  • visual elements like graphics and illustrated elements. 
  • homepage, social media, and everywhere else you exist online. 
  • past, present, and future. dreams, goals, fears, and all. 

In short, it’s everything about you and your audience. 

 

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Everything you are, say, or do either supports your brand or takes away from it. 

It should help your people (clients, customers, community) understand you, what you offer, and why they should choose you over someone else. 

If you’ve ever walked down a grocery store aisle, you know how many brands and companies out there make the same product. 

So, how do you choose one? 

There’s often more than one factor that sways our decision, but here are a few common factors involved in every decision:

  • price
  • quality
  • packaging
  • design
  • marketing
  • word-of-mouth (from friends, family, people online) 
  • social proof
  • etc.

 

If you’re a one-woman show (or even if you’re not), your brand is constantly evolving, because you are constantly evolving. 

So it’s okay if it’s not perfect. 

Because perfection doesn’t exist anyway. 

Branding helps build the bridge between you and your people. 

It’s how you show people that you’re committed and this isn’t just some one week hobby where they’ll never see or hear from you again. 

Show them that you’ve put time, energy, and intention into this. 

It’s how you communicate with others -

  • what they can expect from you,
  • where they can hear from you (social, email, blog, etc.), and
  • why you’re doing it (your story makes you, you). 
Don’t be afraid to be yourself and infuse some personality into it. It’s how you create a brand worth remembering and going back to. 

The truth is, there’s a lot of noise out there and a lot of short attention spans. So how do you capture and keep someone’s attention? By showing them you’re worth paying attention to - by helping them make their lives better. 

 

It’s a big world out there, so how can you set yourself apart from everyone else? 

The short answer is through branding. 

But I’ve never been one for short answers. 

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So here’s the longer version: 

By being… 

  • in alignment, because it will shine through. 
  • transparent, because people appreciate the truth.
  • vulnerable, and that’s how deeper connection is built. 
  • yourself, because there’s no one quite like you. 
     

By sharing… 

  • your story and what you believe in. 
  • your core values and what you support. 
  • your past, because we’ve all gone through some kind of hardship. 
  • your personality, because “like attracts like”, right? 
     

By doing… 

  • what feels good to you. 
  • the things that make sense to you. 
  • the inner work and asking yourself the hard Q’s. 
  • whatever it is you need to do to grow. 

All of the things I’ve mentioned above will help you grow your brand. 

Because when you understand yourself and why it’s so important to do what you do, you start to show up for others in a bigger and more impactful way. 

 

How does your brand make people FEEL

Okay, let’s talk about feelings. Because I’m totally a feelings kind of person. 

And if you’re here reading this, I’m pretty sure you’re one too. 

I mean… you are reading this on a site called Wholehearted Woman, after all. 

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When people look at and interact with your brand, how do they feel? 

Is it a good or bad feeling? A feeling they want more or less of? 

Have you ever talked to someone who made you feel really good about yourself? Confident, like you can conquer anything. 

And when you talk to someone else, you have a completely different experience. You walk away feeling discouraged and doubtful about yourself. 

brands are like people. 

Every brand has its own personality. 

Some brands are more soft-spoken, but they make you want to look twice because you’re intrigued. While others seem to feel more sociable and charismatic. 

And we’re all attracted to a certain type of person.

Some people are more drawn to words like… intuitive, feminine, authentic, soulful. (Hey, that's us!) While others are more drawn to words like.. bold, powerful, daring, impactful. 

The goal of branding isn’t to attract everyone; it’s to attract the right people that resonate with you and your brand. 

It’s exactly why when introverts see that someone else is also an introvert, that’s the first thing they mention. 

Because that’s who they connect to and resonate with the most. 

 

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What’s your brand personality, and how can you communicate that in your branding? 

Remember, your brand doesn’t have to be or look like every other brand out there. Those brands already exist.

It’s time to think about what makes your brand unique, and branding is an awesome non-ending opportunity to do just that. 

 

There are many ways to communicate with others, but here are the two main ways: 

1. Words - 

This blog post you’re reading right up is made up of many words. How are you feeling? Inspired? Bored out of your mind? 

Either way, words have the power to make you feel something, which is why it’s so important to use your voice and infuse your personality into it. Is it going to resonate with everyone? Probably not. But, it is going to attract the right people who want to hear your message and work with you. 

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Fun fact: You don’t have to be a wordsmith to use your voice. 

(Related: 5 Tips To Help You Get Started With Writing From The Heart

 

2. Visuals - 

I don’t think I need to tell you how important visuals are. I mean, that’s why Instagram is so successful, isn’t it? Because we loveeee looking at pretty pictures. I know I do.  

It’s aspirational - it’s what you want for yourself / your own life. 

The thing with visuals is that it can either help you or harm you. 

Can it actually harm you and your brand? Yes, it can. Or maybe not. I’ll let you decide on this one, but let's be honest, we've all judged a book by its cover before. 

 

Here’s the thing: 

People are constantly making first impressions on how we present ourselves. 

As someone is scrolling through your website and Instagram feed now, they’re telling themselves a story. 

Maybe it’s a story of how they want to learn everything there is to know about you, or maybe it’s a story of how they can find someone else. 

Whether it’s through words, visuals, video, audio, or some other form of media, you want to make sure it represents who you are, how you feel, what you do, and how you can help them make their lives better. 

So ask yourself if the messages you want to send and the feelings you want to evoke are coming across in your branding. 

 

By the way, I’m launching a design shop for soulful, creative women. 

If you have a personal brand and you’re a content creator, service provider (photographer, coach, consultant, etc.), influencer, blogger, etc., then this is for you. 

 

Look, I don’t know everything that there is to know about branding. And I’m not going to pretend I do, because that’s not my gig and I don't. 

But I do know that branding is about providing a good experience for other people and helping them feel good about themselves. So I just wanted to share with you on what I know about branding and building a meaningful relationship with the people who choose you. 

Speak your truth and share your heart with those who need to hear it.

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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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