It Takes Time and Patience to Build Your Blog

by on November 23, 2009

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I hit an incredible milestone this month on my DaniWeb TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog. I passed 100,000 page views for a single month. In fact as of today, I blew through it, powered by my best post ever, which is a tad shy of 60,000 page views as of today. It wasn’t always this way. I’ve been writing this blog since April 2008. My first month I had about 15,000 views. A year later I had my first 50,000 view month.

It takes time and patience. DaniWeb is an IT community with over 600,000 members. As such, it has some reach that your site might not, so you shouldn’t compare numbers on a pure level. The lesson you should take away is that it takes time to build an audience, lots of time. As Julie wrote the other day in If you Build a Cafe in the Woods, you can’t just build your online presence and expect they will come. That’s just the first step.

As a blogger, you have to write regularly, produce quality content and constantly promote yourself in your network. If your content is good enough, the audience will get there. Keep in mind at the beginning, you are only going to get as much traffic as your most recent posts drives to you, but over time quality content lives on in search engines, and you will find that your daily traffic increases as you build up a back catalogue of older posts.

So be patient, keep writing and keep pushing. Your blog will build an audience. It might not be as fast as you like or as big as you wish for, but as long as your numbers trend upwards over time, you should be pleased.

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1 Mark Sherrick November 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Building an audience definitely takes time. Its almost as time consuming as maintaining the blog itself!

Do you find that the larger your audience grows the less promotion you have to do yourself? If you connect with the right readers, they do your promotion for you…or at least in addition to.

2 Ron November 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Hi Mark:
I wish…but no, it still takes a lot of work after every post and my traffic is generally only as good as my own promotion. That said, I do have some core audience, but I would never get the numbers I get without working very hard to make sure people know that my content is out there.

Ron

3 Mark Sherrick November 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

True – you never want to actually stop, I think that is a horrible idea.

Finding the balance between creating content and growing/retaining your audience is a fine line that every blogger treads. Most seem to fall one way or another, though.

4 Ron November 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I’m not sure it’s a matter of falling one way or another, so much as understanding that it takes work. People don’t just show up magically. You will grow your base of subscribers and regulars over time, that’s for sure, but your get big spikes from good posts that carried out to the world. Sometimes to reach that tipping point, you need to give it a push out there and that’s where publicizing, writing a good headline, learning basic SEO and so forth come into play. But it always starts with good content and a commitment to blog regularly.

Ron

5 Sunil Jain December 14, 2009 at 6:41 am

I agree buiding a blog and specially its following is seriously a very tedious job!!

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