So you took a year to build up a great blog. You started to get fatigue, and slowly stopped writing. Six months later, you want to come back to your abandoned blog, but it’s lacking traffic and nobody comments anymore. What do you do?
At this point, you might be thinking that it’s a lost cause. You may even think that you have to start completely over again from scratch. You would be wrong though.
Your Reputation Was On Vacation
You did not damage your reputation by vanishing for so long. The bloggers that you networked with still remember you. Chances are, they will be more than happy to come to your rescue and share the hell out of your new articles.
The cool thing is that bloggers are helpful people for the most part. We are very loyal to those we consider our friends, even if they are only digital friendships.
I can remember (and so will Alex), a few fallen blog soldiers.
- Jean from VirginBloggerNotes.com
- Scott Barron from ScottBarron.com
- Mike Roosa from MikeRoosa.com
- and many more…
If these bloggers were to come back, they would have a solid network to help get them back on the fast-track of blogging. That’s because we all started blogging around the same time-frame, and we supported each other by commenting, sharing, and learning together.
Make it SNAPPY!
The quickest route to letting people know that you are back, is to guest blog on all of the blogs that they read, and guesting on their own blog. This will ensure that everyone in your old network knows you are alive and kicking.
Don’t stop at guest blogging though. Chances are that you still have a bunch of rss subscribers, newsletter subscribers, and social network followers. Utilize all of these things to announce your comeback. More importantly, make your comeback article something that will be remembered for years to come.
Put Your Best (not smelly) Foot Forward
When you come back, you want to put your best foot forward. You don’t want someone that ‘kind of’ remembers you to see you now as someone with sub-par articles.
Aside from the quality in your content writing, you need to reestablish some sort of schedule so that your readers can expect something from you regularly. This means regular posting schedules, and it means regular blog-hopping schedules as well. If you expect to take, then expect to give a little as well.
Blogs are like testicles…
…sometimes they just need a little relief. Before you think I got off track here, let me explain.
While you are working on restoring your hard-earned reputation, you also need to restore your blog’s reputation for sharing quality guest articles. This will obviously give you a break in order to create a backlog of quality articles, and it will also increase the worth of your blog as “the place” to go to if you want to be seen.
Earn some friends with comedy
Everyone likes to laugh. If you can show in your articles that you have a sense of humor, you will earn some subscribers as well as renewed interest from old readers.
Comedy works on so many levels. Don’t believe me? There are actually television shows that show the “funniest commercials of all time”. Look it up. Funny and nudity sells. If you can’t get naked, get funny. (If you being naked is funny, then please keep it to yourself).
You aren’t David Copperfield
Who cares that you’re not the greatest magician and illusionist in the world. That doesn’t mean that you cannot use illusion to your advantage. Take for example this article. It seems longer than it actually is. Do a word count check.
You can actually make your articles look better, and longer than they actually are by spacing them out in parts. This isn’t just about making the article easier to read and follow. It’s also about making it look lengthy and in-depth. Your article may very well be in depth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look like it’s more of what it is.
Move Your Arse (ASS in America Alex! Even spell check says so!)
If you have fallen prey to giving up, then these tips will surely get you back to the top of the blogging world.
Blogging from scratch is a tough game, but getting back into it is a whole lot easier. How would I know? Because I did it…
This is a Guest Post from my Awesome Blogger Buddy – Brandon Connell.