Consequences of Lazy Blogging and How To Turn Jealousy Into Success

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I admit, I’ve been so lazy.

Sometimes I look at my Bloglovin’ feed and see blogs that started after I have get major recognition and amazing collaborations, that I could only dream of. They improve their photography style, their blog design, equipment and lighting, and here I am with my 8-year-old first generation DSLR camera and dollar store props.

My friend, let’s call her Emma [name made up for privacy, she knows who she is], gets 1 million pageviews a month. That’s One. Million. Pageviews, people.

I won’t lie, a couple times I felt that little spark of jealousy whispering in the back of my mind “My reviews are so much better, why does she have one million pageviews and I don’t?”

“Because she works her butt off, and you don’t, dummy. Besides, they’re not better, they’re just different. You do you and stop worrying about other people”, answers my much more mature common sense.

It’s easy to fall prey to that jealousy spiral when you compare yourself to bloggers who get ahead. But stop and think for a second, what did you do to catch up? I didn’t do jack.

It’s selfish to wish for the world to slow down just so you could keep up.

While it’s true that blogging is not a race, and none of us are really competing, when you want to achieve something that your peers have, you kinda need to work for it like they did. And trust me, work they did, we just don’t see the back end of it.

Luckily, you can totally channel that negative energy into something good and productive. Plain and simple, here are 8 tips on how to turn jealousy into success. By following these basic steps you will definitely grow your audience and increase pageviews. There are more advanced ways, too, but I promise you, that you will have your hands full with these for a while, so don’t take on more than you can handle.

BLOGGING TIPS: 8 Easy Steps to Increase Your Blog's Pageviews | Consequences of Lazy Blogging and How To Turn Jealousy Into Success

1. POST CONSISTENTLY

Whether you can commit to one blog post a week, or seven, make sure it’s consistent. Stick to your schedule to a tee. Google doesn’t care how often you post, as long as you do it regularly [a couple times a week is best, I hear].

Don’t end up on page 15. Nobody goes to page 15!

2. WRITE LONG BLOG POSTS

Easier said than done, but here’s the thing… The absolute majority of top ranked articles on Google have one thing in common – they are over 1,000 words long, and over half of them are 2,000 words or longer. The goal for Google is to make sure the most helpful results always show up at the top, and it sees longer articles as potentially more insightful. Makes sense now? FYI, Yoast SEO uses 300 words as a benchmark. Don’t use that as your goal, all a 300-word blog post will accomplish is make sure your content is indexed at all. In reality, you will probably end up on page 15 or something, and nobody goes to page 15. Unless you are, of course, the very first person on the Internet to cover something, then your 300-word article might be listed at the top.

3. REDESIGN YOUR WEBSITE

I am not going to tell you that you need a cookie cutter white website that looks like a million others, unless that’s you want, which is totally ok, you do you. Regardless of your platform [Blogger, WordPress, or other] and personal aesthetic, always keep your audience in mind when choosing the final look of your web space.

Important things to remember:

  • Clean up your sidebar. This can mean many different things to many different people, but if you look at it and some widget or banner stands out as an eyesore, I think it’s the sign that it has to go.
  • Does your About Me page need an update? Make sure you introduce yourself to your readers and that the section is easily accessible from the homepage. We’re all nosy and love learning more about people behind our favorite blogs 😉 PS: Did you know I used to be a movie actress? Well, if you read my About Me page, you will know that and some other fun facts 😉
  • Remove CAPTCHA. We all hate spam, but there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to leave an insightful comment on a blog and repeatedly failing to enter the captcha correctly. Besides, everybody hates trying to figure out whether that squiggly thing is an S or a 5, an uppercase i or lowercase L etc. I swear, the amount of spam comments you might get if you remove captcha is miniscule. In the end it will be worth it, since it leads to a more satisfying reader experience.
  • Make sure your theme is responsive. What that means is that it should look good on desktop and mobile. Why is that important? If you look at your Google Analytics, or another analytics tool, you’ll notice that most likely the majority of your pageviews come from mobile devices. More people are reading blogs on their phones than ever before, and you’ll be wise to cater to the majority of your readership. Besides, Google ranks content from responsive websites higher in search for mobile users.
  • Don’t forget the search bar. It’s really annoying when you want to search the blog for a specific review or article, and can’t find the search button. [I kinda need to work on that, because mine is hard to find on mobile.]

BLOGGING TIPS: 8 Easy Steps to Increase Your Blog's Pageviews | Consequences of Lazy Blogging and How To Turn Jealousy Into Success

4. INVEST IN A GOOD CAMERA & LENS

Maybe 10 years ago the blogging scene was much more laid back. You could shoot photos in the bathroom with dim or yellowish lights, and nobody would think anything of it. Nowadays, visuals are everything. Unless you have a high end smartphone that can take high quality photos, you pretty much need a DSLR. I know, you probably read over a dozen guides about this, and their writers kinda wiggle on the topic that you don’t necessarily need one, but it’s just nice to have because it adds a professional touch to your web space yadda yadda… I can honestly tell you that a good camera and lens were some of the best blog investments for me, so if you can see yourself still blogging 3-4 years from now, a DSLR would be a nice thing to buy. They can be pretty expensive, but if you do your research, limit those pumpkin lattes, bring your lunches to work, wait for tax return, and save up, you can get a used one on eBay pretty quickly. Yup, I also can think of a thousand other things I would rather spend a thousand bucks on, but it’s one step that I personally think is game-changing for a blogger.

Here’s my camera, I had it for 8 years, it still works just fine and I am pretty happy with the quality of my photos. However, it lacks several features that I would love to have, like a remote so I could shoot photos at a distance, and a flip screen so I can actually see what I look like in selfies instead of having to take a thousand of them and then find ones that turned out well. You will always have to pay extra for convenience and for newer models, but you can totally get by with an older camera.

…a good photo is 50% lighting, 30% camera, and 20% luck.

Five things to keep in mind:

  • Shoot in manual mode. //  While automatic preset might be tempting for beginners, it’s best to sit down and learn how to operate your camera in a manual mode. Even if you just use your phone, most camera phones have advanced settings that can produce pictures with amazing clarity and depth of field. Google your model and watch some Youtube videos to figure out the best way to use your gadget.
  • Find the light. // I often joke that a good photo is 50% lighting, 30% camera, and 20% luck. Jokes aside, any photographer will tell you that light makes all the difference. Well-lit photos will be brighter, sharper, and overall much better-looking. For a long time I used to shoot by a large sliding glass door, which works just fine on a nice sunny day. However, eventually I wanted to stop relying on sunny days and bought several studio lights that now take up a corner in my office. I recommend starting with this one, it imitates daylight and works for many photography styles, from beauty products to food recipes.
  • Edit your photos. // I can count on one hand the times when my photos didn’t need any retouching. Most of the time I want to boost contrast, add brightness, or make the images a tad sharper. Picmonkey is a great website where you can edit photos and create collages for free, but if you really want to up your blogging game, Photoshop is your best friend.
  • Style your photos. // Back in the day pictures that showcase products on a plain white background were all the rage. Nowadays, it’s all about carefully styled shots. Even though marble, fashion booksdainty trays, candles, and flowers are still the most popular props, you could really let your personality shine here and use whatever your heart desires. Now I’m sure I will get some comments that I am basically pushing a certain aesthetic on you. Well, it’s a yes and a no. The goal here is to increase pageviews, and to increase pageviews you need to have mass appeal. Right now the most popular images [most shared, pinned, loved on Instagram etc] are the ones that have been styled. That’s all I was trying to say.
  • Rule of thirds. // When taking your photos, imagine them in a 3×3 grid. The intersections of those lines will be the focal points of your image, so place the objects you are photographing strategically.

5. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Sprouting from the tips above, it’s better to produce a few well-written, long, insightful articles with beautiful imagery weekly than many little ones every day. I used to write daily because I read somewhere that it’s going to increase pageviews, but all it did was flood my site with low quality content, and my traffic numbers took a sharp dive into the “Page 15” abyss. I recently scaled down to 3 posts a week, which eased the pressure tremendously and gave me more time to really make each one of them into something helpful. Guess what? My pageviews finally went up.

BLOGGING TIPS: 8 Easy Steps to Increase Your Blog's Pageviews | Consequences of Lazy Blogging and How To Turn Jealousy Into Success

Make sure the SEO checkmark is green on every blog post.

6. IMPROVE SEO

If you are on WordPress, you probably have Yoast SEO plugin installed [if you don’t, then you need it ASAP – it’s life-changing!]. Make sure the SEO checkmark is green on every blog post you write before you hit publish. If you are on Blogger, you just need to remember that the keyword you want to rank for must be mentioned several times throughout the blog post, including the very first paragraph, in the page title, and page URL. It also helps to add alt text to images with all relevant keywords, Google loves those. Here’s a tutorial explaining how to do this on both WordPress and Blogger.

7. UTILIZE PINTEREST

I really wish I had jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon sooner, because the most recent update made it harder to get discovered. I didn’t say impossible, though! Right now I use Tailwind, and I could definitely be more diligent about utilizing all of its features, because when I do, I see immediate results [~200 new followers a week]. On any given month, at least 30-40% of all my traffic comes from Pinterest, and it’s so stupid of me to neglect my boards. Tailwind scans your boards and followers, determines the best times for maximum exposure, and automatically posts for you, so you just need to load it up once a week or so and enjoy the benefits. Psst! Here’s a free one month trial for you.

At least 30-40% of all my traffic comes from Pinterest. Don’t neglect your boards!

Here are some other helpful Pinterest practices that will bring in new people to your blog:

8. PROMOTE OLD CONTENT

You worked so hard on that blog post, and maybe promoted it once on each of your social media channels, only to have it buried and never seen again. With all the recent updates, only 10% of your followers see your social media content. Every time I publish something new, I use Buffer to schedule a re-promote one week, one month, and two months into the future for those readers who might have missed this article. Buffer is easily the best social media management tool I invested my money in, I hope they never close up shop.

BLOGGING TIPS: 8 Easy Steps to Increase Your Blog's Pageviews | Consequences of Lazy Blogging and How To Turn Jealousy Into Success

Now, take another look at the list above and think how much time it would take you to realistically follow each of those steps. A lot, right? When you fully comprehend the scale of the monstrous work that goes into growing a successful blog, that’s when you will really appreciate the girls and guys who work hard for it every single day. Emma is a rockstar for amassing all that traffic; she is my inspiration and #goals of what Glamorable could be if I stopped looking for excuses every darn day.

I hope this post didn’t come off as patronizing, although as adults we forgot the benefit of occasional scolding. I needed someone to tell me all of this to get me out of this slump, so I basically talked to myself here. Instead of keeping it as an inner monologue I decided to share it with you guys, in hopes that in can be the wake up call you were looking for. I’m definitely not trying to say this is what every blogger should be doing. But if your goal is to seriously up your blogging game [it is mine!], let 2017 be the year when we start being more proactive and actually put in a few extra hours every week to achieve it.

P.S.: HUGE thanks to Paula from Thirteen Thoughts for her super helpful tutorial on creating Pinterest-optimized graphics! I used her tips to make the one above.

What are your blog goals for 2017? Did you ever feel jealous of another blogger’s success? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • Naked Without Polish

    I wish I could say that I use an awesome camera for mine. I tried using a camera and it was terrible. Once I started using my phone is when my pictures started making me happy. Great post!

  • These are some really good tips. I would loooove to have a better camera and it’s something I hope I can invest in some day in the future. Probably the one thing I need to work on most is article length. I have trouble even getting up to 300 words on most posts, and I don’t want to waffle on about nothing, either!

  • Nik

    These are great tips. I also seem to get jealous, although I’m trying to get better about that. Some days it gets frustrating. I work hard, and I’ve been at this for 6 years now, but I’ve watched new bloggers pass me in every way and it gets so frustrating. I’ve definitely been trying to improve my blog over this past year, but my problem lies in my consistency & length of posts, so that’s what I’m working on now.

    • Jealousy is totally normal! As soon as I realized that I am not doing even half the work, I became at peace with my pageviews. I look at those high numbers as #goals, and hopefully once I am able to invest a lot of time in my blog I can reach them 🙂

  • Stacie Wacie

    Thank you for this post. I’m also guilty of blogger envy, and I should really be channelling that energy into improving my work! It’s one of my 2017 goals.

    • There is nothing wrong with envy, it’s a normal human emotion and we should not be ashamed of it. If we want the success that other people have, we have to put in the hard work 😉

  • Kristi Vasquez

    Great post! I found it very helpful and will be adding some of these into my blog planner to work on. For goals, I just accomplished my first one – adding adsense. I don’t expect to make much if any, but I figured I should at least try.

    • Congratulations on setting up AdSense! That was the first thing I did to monetize my site, and I also didn’t expect to earn much, but every little bit helps 🙂

  • Jen Sky Walker

    These are great tips! I’m currently in the process of attempting to clean up my work area so I have more room for better lighting and just looking better. I personally work so much better when I’m not surrounded by clutter, and my space is a disaster area!

    • Clean work environment definitely helps with productivity!

  • LittleNuclearReactor

    These are awesome tips! As an amateur at the blogging, this post had a lot of information regarding topics I’m not exactly well versed in yet. Thanks so much for being generous and sharing your knowledge! 🙂

    • You’re welcome! I know all this info can be totally overwhelming, I remember sitting there with googly eyes when I first heard about SEO 🙂

  • This is so so so good! I tend to fall into the same trap, feeling bad for myself that my page views are low and yada yada yada…but you’re right – gotta do the work!! Thanks for the tips too. Great reminders.

    • You know, as soon as I realized that I don’t even do half the work that Emma does to promote her website, I became totally at peace with my pageviews. Working hard is the way to go!

  • Super useful! I definitely needed to read this today, thank you 🙂

    • You’re welcome! We could all use a little nudge in the right direction sometimes 🙂

  • I’m seriously bookmarking this article for continued motivation. Even though I’ve known a lot of these things it’s really helpful to hear them again! I know that I’ve made improvements in my content over the years, but I can always do better. I’m definitely going to keep working my butt off to try and earn the success I’m after!

    • We all need a reminder from time to time 🙂

  • FairyTales Nails

    This is a great article so many fantastic tips to help out blogs. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this hun x

    • You’re most welcome! Sometimes it’s important to just sit down and analyze why we feel the way we feel about certain things , in my case – jealousy 🙂

  • The Mani Café

    great list of points!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • Wow!!!! So many great points!!! Blog redesign is way up on my to do list!!!

    • Glad this was helpful! Blog redesign is always a great way to breathe some new life into your web space, and there are so many good themes for just $5 on Etsy!