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Celebrating The 5th Blogiversary With 5 Blogging Tips

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Essential blogging tips on blog anniversary
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Tis the season! It’s Christmas, and it’s my blog anniversary!!

I’m so happy to let you know that I’m celebrating my 5th blogiversary this year. Five years is a long time in the blogosphere, and I’m glad to still be around. 🙂

This proves that I’ve definitely been productive and my blogging strategies have worked for me.

Or maybe, starting my blog on Christmas has been a good omen for me. Since 2010, my blogging career has been filled with many a-ha moments.

If you want to know them, you can find them all in the form of my mentions and interviews. You’ll find more information on this blog’s about page.

But what’s more important to me is my relationship with you.

I’m grateful to you for visiting this blog, reading my posts, sharing your views, supporting me, which makes all the difference to me.

Yes, Aha!NOW would not be here if you were not with me. I look forward to a continued association and another season of sharing information and views.

On the occasion of my 5th blogiversary, I want to share some blogging tips that I feel every blogger should know, to be successful.

Blogging focus should be on making a blog great for readers

 

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5 Simple But Essential Blogging Tips

The tips that I’m going to mention are very simple, and you might be already aware of them.

However, I’m presenting them to you as my understanding of how to make your blog successful, taking lessons from my own blogging career.

I’m sure taking these blogging tips would be productive for you.

Last year, on my 4th blogiversary, I wrote about the 9 lessons on blogging and I suggest that every new blogger should read that post.

I’ve also written about the blogging mistakes that bloggers make, and the realities of blogging. These posts should help all bloggers.

In my endeavor to contribute to blogging and encourage the new bloggers to go for a successful blogging career, here are few thoughts on taking the essential steps to make blogging better.

1. Blog Niche

The first step you take to start blogging is to define or select you blog niche.

The reason I’m advocating to take this step is because I was not aware of it when I started blogging.

Though I was successful in creating a multi-niche blog, it isn’t easy anymore.

It’s wise to first know your interests and expertise and then choose a niche to blog, and help people with your knowledge and experience.

The domain name of your blog matters, but not as much as your selection of the right blogging niche.

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2. Blog Branding

Behind every blog, there is a personality, and your blog should have a unique personality too. Your blog needs blog branding.

Give your blog a logo, tagline, a unique color scheme, design or layout – to make it distinct and special.

Let the objective of your blog clearly stand out, so you attract the right audience and reinforce your claim on being an authority or expert.

It’s better to be the king of one trade than to be the jack of all. Having said that, I remain the queen in spite of having a multi-niche blog! 😉

3. Blog Monetization

Yes, if you want to survive as a blogger in the blogosphere and make a career in blogging, you need to think of money and revenue – think of monetizing your blog.

There are five basic ways of doing it. You could rely on advertisement services like Google Adsense, display ad banners, promote affiliates, publish sponsored posts and reviews, or sell your own products and services.

It will help you if you make a blog plan before even launching your blog.

Chalk out the steps you would take to earn revenue from your blog. Remember, being an authority and branding your blog will make things easier for you.

However, do not blog for money or yourself only, or try to make quick money from your blog! Most new bloggers are in a rush to earn, and when they cannot, they give up.

Blog genuinely to help people, and solve their problems. Let your blog mature, fame and money will follow, just like the happiness butterfly that sits on your shoulder after you stop going after it.

4. Blog Content

Did I refer to you as the king? I’m sorry; it’s your quality content that is the undisputed king! 🙂

Stop wasting your time in link building!

It helps, but that would be a futile exercise if your blog has mediocre content. Create quality content and then think of anything else.

When you write a blog post, make sure it delivers value and provides a helpful takeaway.

Check if your content is original; if not, then make it unique by adding your own personal knowledge and experience to it.

Your quality content will make you climb the ladder of popularity in your niche, become a brand in itself, and earn you money directly or indirectly.

5. Blog Promotion

The above-mentioned four tips to successful blogging are not going to work if your blog lives in obscurity.

To get the best results, give a shout out to the whole world. Try various ways of blog promotion, like posts, videos, SlideShare, podcasts, and others. (I haven’t personally tried them all, but it’s good if you do.)

You need to promote your blog posts on social media, develop relationships with your audience, bloggers, and experts in your niche.

Comment on other blogs, reply to comments on your blog, guest post for exposure and outreach, and join blogging communities.

Everybody talks of the Pareto principle, and that’s so true. Devote 20% of your time creating compelling and useful content and spend 80% of your time promoting it.

Niche, branding, monetization, content, and promotion – these are the Hi5 or the five basic elements of blogging that will rock your blog.

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The Success Story Of Aha!NOW

I just revealed all my blogging secrets to you! Here’s a bit more about Aha!NOW, if you’re new to the blog and don’t know it already.

It was on December 25, 2010, I co-founded this blog inspired by my father and supported by my husband, Vinay.

We made two blogging mistakes even before we started blogging – did not make a blogging plan, and chose a domain name that had little relevance to the blog niche.

In fact, the blog niche that we targeted was ‘family & parenting’, and the aim of blogging was to create a portfolio of my writing.

Honestly, the first few months of blogging were very frustrating and disappointing.

We didn’t clearly know what to do, we weren’t getting much traffic, and there were no comments on the blog!

I had seen many blogs with lots of comments and interaction on them, but I longed for a single comment on my blog posts.

It dawned on me naturally to make friends and develop the relationship with fellow bloggers. That clicked and worked!

People loved the content so I kept writing more, added related content categories, and began expanding the blog.

I hooked onto to social media and made good use of the social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and even Pinterest.

I developed a penchant for commenting, and it resulted in the blogging fraternity calling me a ‘Commenting Queen’.

So, in short, it’s my quality content, building relationships, blog commenting, and social media promotion that helped me get where I’m today.

Now, I’m in a position to monetize my blog.

We recently started with sponsored post and reviews on Aha!NOW and the response is good.

As I mentioned in my previous post on managing blogging and life, Aha!NOW is now a multi-author blog and if you want your post published on the blog, you can submit your story here.

Do you have any problems getting started, or doubts that stop you from progressing as a blogger? Please feel free to reach out to me.

Live a life of gratitude

Thank You

Thank you again for making me a part of your life, and my blog Aha!NOW as one of your favorite online destinations.

I wish you have a great time with your family and friends this holiday season. Family bonding and personal time for recreation are so important for increasing your productivity.

For a change, we are not taking a winter break from blogging this year. In fact, we’ll continue to publish guest posts, sponsored posts, and posts from Vinay and myself.

We are all charged up and determined to get things done, and give shape to our projects. 🙂

I can’t thank you enough because I feel so blessed to have you all in my life.  You are priceless. Thank YOU for being a valued reader!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 🙂

Over To You –

What are your essential blogging tips for newbie bloggers? What are your plans to be more productive in the coming year? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Charles Bosse

    May 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This blog is very true. We should not focus only on having a great blog but on producing a blog that is great for our readers. Our focus should be on our reader’s interest. It is great to integrate these ideas with my SEO campaign that is running.

  2. Muhammad Ahmad

    February 18, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Harleena Ma’am,
    Landed on your blog for the first time. And very congrats on the 5th Anniversity! 🙂
    Wow! Your blog has completed the 5 years long time, I wish you best of luck for future, Ma’am.
    Glad to connect with you and your blog.
    Your new friend,
    ~ Ahmad

  3. Patel Shoeb

    February 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hey Harleena,
    Very Inspiring post and Congrats for completing 5 years in the blogging industry !!!

  4. Mohit Gangrade

    January 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Congrats for completing 5 years 🙂

    I came to know about your blog from a friend. He mentioned your blog in one of his posts.

    Your blog is really awesome. Keep Up The Good Work. 🙂

    Your blog completed 5 years. And I am just starting out 😀

    I blog at bloggingnerd.com. Please take time to read it when you are free and let me know how it is 🙂

    Once again, Congrats. May your blog complete 50 more years of success.

    Thanks,
    Mohit Gangrade

  5. Abhilash P S

    January 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    By the way happy blogiversery, let’s move on to your 6th year in blogosphere, I wish you the best for all your future endeavours in blogosphere. I have been started a website on last April but I got tired by writing contents, finally I stopped writing on my blog. How would you keep things together after 5 years of your writing career? Your tips seems resourceful and useful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Abhilash 🙂

      Thank you for your kind wishes, and yes, we are all geared to take up this New Year with full force! I can understand how tiring it can get at times, but as bloggers, especially if you are new to blogging, you must be patient and persistent in writing. Good things come to those who wait.

      If I could do it for five years, I am sure you can as well. So, I’d advice you to keep writing, even if you do it once a week, and slowly pick up pace to write twice a week and stay there. I know this way has worked for me, and would surely work for you as well.

      Thanks for stopping by, and if there is anything I can help you with, do let me know. 🙂

  6. Donna Merrill

    January 9, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Congrats on your blogiversary.

    You’ve done a great job with your blog, and that’s because you’ve given focused attention to the 5 key areas you mentioned here.

    I agree, too that so many bloggers quit because they get disappointed that they don’t start making money with their blog right away.

    Yea, it takes time, but it also takes serious planning. So many bloggers work hard to get people to see their great content, but never develop a monetization strategy. Then they wonder why they’re not making money with their blog.

    If someone doesn’t know how to make all these things work in unison to create a great business, I always suggest that you hire a real good coach to get you moving in the right direction. Otherwise, you could spend tons of time, money and wasted effort.

    Have a great 2016, and I look forward to seeing the new directions your blog will take. Exciting isn’t it? Love your blog and I’m sure it’s going to get only better.

    -Donna

    • Harleena Singh

      January 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks so much for your wishes 🙂

      Absolutely! I wanted to share a lot more, but as I mentioned in my earlier comments, a little at a time, as these tips are all based on my personal blogging experience.

      Yes, and I wish such bloggers would understand that blogging is all about being patient and persistent, more than anything else. Good things come to those who wait, isn’t it?

      I agree with you there, and I know you and David are doing so well with your plans and I’m sure the goals and strategies you laid out for this year, would be well achieved. That’s true, such things need attention, and if any blogger is really serious about monetizing their blogs or wishes to earn money, they certainly need help.

      Thanks once again for your lovely wishes, Donna. We wish you every success and happiness in this year as well. 🙂

  7. Rachel Wolany

    January 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hey Harleena,

    Love this post for so many reasons. When I think of your tips, I think instantly of that CRUX post so well written with a wealth of information. Not taking anything away from this – you know I am a big fan of your work ethic, writing and know how.

    To answer your questions. The one thing I came to blogging with was patience (unusual for me). One step at a time. While I have been frustrated at many things, my determination to post once a week has never wavered. Regardless of what I got right or wrong throughout the week one post had to go out.

    2016 I want to learn one new thing about a social platform a week. Reach out more and use my time better. But outside of those things, continue as I was. I have loved my routine from day dot, so I always feel grateful that finally I found something that will challenge me with me.

    I want to say congratulations on five years. An impressive number of years blogging. I am always getting ideas off you and Vinay so its eyes and ears on AHA. Looking forward to a wonderful 2016 with your guys.

    Great post.

    Rachel.

    • Harleena Singh

      January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks so much, and glad you liked this post as well. 🙂

      Let me tell you that you are doing extremely well as a new blogger, and yes, patience is the key here! Take it slow and enjoy the blogging process, the journey, as you learn along. Just my two cents or takeaway for you.

      I like that determination, and it reminds me of my time, when I was posting once a week on this blog, and once a week on my other blog (writing one). It was later when I started posting twice a week on this one, and I put a hold on the other blog, till I did this one up nicely. So, at the end of the day, it’s all about the choices we make, depending on what fits in well with our schedule – once a week is a great choice.

      Yes, learning about the various social platforms is essential, though be more on the ones that give you the returns. Being bloggers, we have to reach out and connect with others, no way out.

      Thanks so much for being a part of the ABC and our journey, a pleasure to have wonderful people like you in our lives. Wishing you a very Happy & Productive New Year as well. 🙂

  8. Mi Muba

    January 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hi Harleena

    I read it earlier, enjoyed a lot and don’t know why I could not have commented on it; most probably the post might have mesmerized me; but finally I arrived again via Adrienne’s blog and this time enjoyed reading the comments of several wonderful bloggers.

    Though a little late but a very warm and loving Happy Birthday to Aha-Now the blog which I have been regularly following since I started my blogging journey

    The basic tips you mentioned here help build the strong foundation of a blog and to take it to the height of success. Just patience is required that is nowadays getting a little uncommon in our world.

    Many thanks for sharing and you do have a very Happy New Year

    • Harleena Singh

      January 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Mi Muba,

      Good to have you back, and it doesn’t matter how you landed here, as long as you did 🙂

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes, and yes, it’s been so good to be associated with you as well. Glad you liked the blogging tips mentioned, which are just a few based on my experiences that I shared here. Absolutely agree with you about patience and persistence too, I’d add. I hope people realize that without both of these traits, it’s tough to make it in the blogosphere.

      Thanks for stopping by, and we wish you and yours a very Happy & Prosperous New Year as well. 🙂

  9. Adrienne

    January 5, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Happy belated birthday and I’m sorry I haven’t been by here sooner. As you know, I also took two weeks off and although I thought I would be more active online, my theme took the majority of my time. That’s done and behind me now so I’m excited to see what this year will bring.

    I can’t believe your blog is already five years old. Wow, seems like yesterday that we first met. Neither of us were very well known, not yet anyway so I love what you shared about the action steps you took to get you to where you are today.

    I think a lot of blogging is trial and error. Your five tips though are spot on and I would hope that anyone eager to get where you are now will follow those to a tea.

    Sounds like AhaNow continues to grow and implement new things. I’m sure that it will continue to have great success in this new year and I’m excited to see the changes that are coming. Anyone would be honored to write a post for this blog.

    I hope your holiday was wonderful, your week started off great and Happy New Year!

    ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      January 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you for your kind wishes, and not to worry – you are never late on this blog 🙂

      Yes, I know about your well-deserved break and the wonderful theme you came up with once you returned! I like the clean look of your blog, and I am sure you’d tweak it to make it better over time.

      Absolutely! Seems just like yesterday I started – can still remember the day so clearly. Been so wonderful knowing you and our other common blogging friend’s. More so, it’s the journey we’ve been through that’s strengthened our bonds further, isn’t it?

      When we started, we didn’t know so many things as compared to the new bloggers of today. But what we learnt over time has mostly been a slow but sure process, as it was self-learnt in our case I think, so that’s bound to stay forever with us.

      True! We have some plans for the blog, though would be taking one step at a time to complete them over time. I’m just so glad we are going from one step to the other, and we have all our wonderful readers and dear friend’s like yourself to thank for accepting the changes here.

      Thanks for stopping by, and we wish you and yours a very Happy & Prosperous New Year as well 🙂

  10. Andrew M. Warner

    January 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Great job on the 5 years of Aha-now. 5 years is a long time and many blogs don’t make it to that point. Kudos for you for that.

    You made the same “mistake” I did with not choosing a name related to the niche you were aiming for. But in your case, your persistence and hard work made your blog one of the premium locations for advice on self help and blogging.

    If I can make my site half as successful as yours I’d consider that a win for me.

    Congrats once again and looking forward to 5 more years.

    – Andrew

    • Harleena Singh

      January 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      Good to have you back, and thanks so much for your wishes 🙂

      Yes indeed, five years and still going strong! Actually, we never aimed for anything when we started blogging, so the name was just chosen based on what we felt nice about as it would cover a lot of things, making people go Aha! about it. With time, patience and persistence, things worked and led from one thing to another.

      You have a wonderful blog as well, Andrew, and we wish you reach greater heights with it in this year as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂




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