The secret to blogging success

Hey you! Yes, you!

Do you have a blog?

Have you been told it’s the best blog in the world, but don’t see a follower count to match?

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With Community and Collaboration however, you can improve the popularity of your blog and have the satisfaction of knowing you did all that through your hard work alone! Just follow our effective five-step process to achieve the blog of your dreams:

  • Step 1: Go out there and read other blogs. Get to know amazing writers and all of the wonderful people you’ll soon be working closely with.
  • Step 2: Follow those blogs you admire, leave comments, ask questions. Start dialogues with all those awesome writers and get the conversation going (but don’t spam).
  • Step 3: Link to posts by other bloggers on your own site. It may sound counter-intuitive but has scientifically-proven by our in-house researchers to improve results!
  • Step 4: Think of new and creative ideas of ways to collaborate and get the community together. You’ve got an amazing project inside you – you just need to let it shine.
  • Step 5: Welcome new visitors to your blog and say hello when they leave a comment. See your follower count rise and new friendships develop!

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    Disclaimer: Later Levels provides totally independent advice. While Community and Collaboration has been shown to be successful, your blog may deteriorate through neglect if you fail to keep up the effort and publish posts on a regular basis.

    69 thoughts on “The secret to blogging success

      1. I agree and not only can it be traced in many different areas throughout history, but also if you just look at it from a corporate perspective. Even the biggest companies of today started out, having to commune and collaborate with others before taking off.

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        1. Honestly I’d like to know if we can direct message the blogger somehow… To discuss things we may not want to publicize in our blog (either because it’s off-topic or whatsoever). Any way?

          This is a good post… but I’m not sure if it fits my blog’s theme to reblog…

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          1. Your blog is your own space and it’s up to you to decide what fits there – I can totally respect that. πŸ™‚

            I don’t think I’ve heard of a way to DM via WordPress itself, rather than contacting the blogger through their email or social media. It’s a good idea though so WP should probably get on it!

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      1. Thanks for stopping by Blaike! Confidence is often the hardest part: even after several years of blogging, I still question myself each and every time I leave a comment on a post. But everyone is usually so friendly and willing to chat, and I’ve met some great people – just go for it. πŸ™‚

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      2. I always feel weird when I’m leaving the first comment on an article, especially on older articles that I stumble upon, but after doing it a few times it feels more natural! It can sometimes feel like wandering into a circle of people who aren’t talking and just bursting out with something off the top of your head.

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    1. This is so well written and great advice. For me though it is the same as Blaike Trujillo above about shyness in terms of reaching out, and not being good enough if I did. That said I’m sure the advice is perfect.

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      1. For me, confidence is definitely the biggest obstacle I had to overcome in blogging. It’s still something I come up against now: some days I’ll feel as if I can take on the world and will chat to everyone, and other days I’m more introverted and question every single thing I write.

        That being said though, everyone I’ve met along the way has been so friendly and supportive. Sometimes you just need to take the chance and reach out, and who knows what great things could happen? Stick with it – you got this. πŸ˜‰

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        1. I certainly understand and share the feeling about confidence. Sometimes I look back at stuff I’ve written and say “wow, I wrote that? That’s awesome!”

          But much of the time, it’s a struggle to actually feel like I’m writing something good. Or even just to figure out what to write.

          It’s a process that I know we all go through. So collaboration and networking is definitely the key.

          Great post!

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          1. Every time an idea for a future post comes into my head, I add it to a list I keep on my phone. Then I can dip into it for inspiration whenever I’m struggling for something to write about!

            It does take a while to find your voice; whenever I look back at my posts for my first blog from a few years ago, they feel as though they were written by someone else entirely. But eventually you become more comfortable with your words – and that journey is made quicker if we show each other a bit of support. πŸ™‚

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    2. I’m honestly pretty terrible with with networking/collaboration etc… I don’t really know why either. I think sometimes I just struggle with ideas on what to write about.

      But if ever anyone approached me I’m always, ALWAYS! open to it.

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    3. Honestly this is something more should be aware of. It is pointed out many times when it comes to other mediums, but not all follow this…or is even aware how it should work.
      Fact is, I’m still treading the waters about this but what you are saying Kim is true to the core of what it means to grow, both in size and also personal.

      Loved this article, it reminded me of what the road I should keep my eyes on looked like again.

      Stay Cozy and have a nice day!

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      1. The whole ‘collaboration’ thing can seem counter-intuitive at times – almost as though by working with other people, you’re driving traffic towards their blogs and away from your own. But in reality it’s completely the opposite: the more you give, the more you get!

        Hopefully we’ll see you again soon for the next question of the month? πŸ˜‰

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          1. Awesome! Someone sent in a really good suggestion for the next question: it’s one which is going to get everyone thinking outside the box…

            More to be revealed next week!

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      1. It’s my pleasure – it’s always lovely talking to you! And if you’re going to keep coming up with recipes like that carrot cake, then I’m happy to help out! He he he πŸ˜‰

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    4. Loved this post! So very true.
      Simply taking the time to read something, give it a like (if you like it!) and give it a comment (if you have something to say!) makes a world of difference.
      None of these ‘Boost your follows in ten days!’ nonesense.

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      1. Emails and followers of that nature absolutely do my head in! They promise the world and quick wins, but nothing’s a substitute for hard work and effort.

        A simple ‘like’ or comment left on someone’s post might be a small gesture but it can really make their day. πŸ™‚

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    5. “Welcome new visitors to your blog and say hello when they leave a comment. See your follower count rise and new friendships develop!”

      See, you say that, but I’m *still* waiting for “naughtyjen”, “caseybabe” and “trixibelleLeBusty” to get back to me about their favourite Zelda Game. I mean, honestly, I’m starting to think they were just *saying* they liked my post, and now I’m left doubting whether they’ve got any real interest in the franchise afterall.

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    6. I am the same as Blaike Trujillo above about shyness in terms of reaching out to others. That said I love your writing and this advice. Now to work on the confidence part first! Then the community and collaboration bits. Your blog is amazing though and does make newcomers like me feel welcome which is wonderful.

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    7. Love this! Honestly, I get more enjoyment from reading and commenting on other blogs than I do from writing my own posts. I’ve met people through blogging that I now consider friends, and that is a true blessing for this introvert! πŸ™‚

      I also think collaborations have improved my own writing skills significantly. Blogger Blitz and your Question of the Month contests come to mind. This is the most fun I’ve ever had blogging πŸ˜€

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      1. Blogging is definitely the introvert’s way to show their extroverted side. I’ve had the chance to meet so many awesome people through blogging – yourself included!

        It’s lovely having you on-board with the question of the month. Imtiaz’s answer seems to be kicking everybody else’s butt at the moment… πŸ˜‰

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    8. Yuuuuup, blogger is MUCH more interactive than I knew when I first started. Now that I’ve been in the “business” for a little over two years (?), the best way to get followers is to be a follower, talk to people, not only like but comment, and linking to other blogs is just as easy as linking to anything else. I usually take a note on the address and then when I talk about the topic in question later, just throw up a link.

      The biggest obstacle I have is time. It takes a lot of it to keep up with blog subs, which is what I’m currently working on catching up with now πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh I feel your pain! I wish I had more time to devote to blogging but there never seems to be enough hours in the day. The thing I struggle with most is social media; there are some really interesting discussions going on, particularly on Twitter, but I never seem to be able to keep up with them all.

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    9. Reblogged this on Falcon Game Reviews and commented:
      I learned this the hard way, but luckily, you don’t have to. Kim from Later Levels has some great advice here, and it’s worth taking note of.

      This is how you see organic growth; you reach out. Sure, paying a company a few dollars a month to funnel viewers to your site may make the numbers go up, but those people aren’t going to engage with you.

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      1. Thanks for the reblog Shelby! I’ve got a post going out soon that picks up on our conversation about YouTube, in which I’ve included a few quotes; hope that’s ok. πŸ™‚

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    10. I love the message in this post, you make such a valid point. I’ve been so guilty of neglecting my blog and the wider community lately, and, not to get too sentimental, now that I’m starting to read and write more I’m rediscovering what made me want to start writing in the first place. Reading this has reinforced my desire to contribute more to this community, so thanks πŸ™‚

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      1. Sometimes a break is just what you need to get the inspiration going again. And it’s amazing how much you can be inspired by posts written by others – I seem to get most of my ideas this way so I have you guys to thank! πŸ™‚

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        1. I’ve taken two 3-week breaks from my blog just because of time issues and lack of inspiration, but I came back firing on all cylinders (I think…I’ll let the reader decide if that’s true πŸ™‚ )

          Sometimes that’s what you need. That’s why I was hoping to have a fellow contributor, but she’s only had time to contribute one post unfortunately.

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            1. May take you up on it, though my blog is exclusively (at least for now) board games. So not sure if you’re interested in that. πŸ™‚

              I do like video games, but it’s been so long since I’ve played any that I’m not really up on the current stuff.

              Though when I was a video gamer, my preferences were strategy games and FPS games.

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              1. I’ve never really had the opportunity to play any board games so if you come up with an idea for a collaboration and need a novice, let me know. And if you’ve ever written a ‘starters guide’, please send me the link!

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    11. sound advice! Sharing is one of my favourite parts of blogging here. Re posting/tweeting others articles, or linking in mine to then see people do the same always make me oh so happy!

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    12. Well, this was surely an eye-opener. You mentioned five steps to improve blogger’s way to success. I will take up on these and take the to action.

      Thanks for popping by on my blog.

      (Girl) Gamer Nerd, out. :3

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