8 Skills Bloggers can Improve by trying THIS


4 years ago, I would have never called myself a blogger. I wrote articles, some published in print and some published on my website. It wasn’t regular and wasn’t what 'I did'. However, my business needed change. I produced and sell courses with online delivery, but I was not using the online world to generate business. The largest most open market in the world at my fingertips and I was not tapping in.

Producing blog content is not an issue for me. But just like producing courses, you still need to get people to look at your content and so other skills are needed.

In 2017 I found steemit.com which is a blogging platform developed on the steem blockchain where likes have a value. It wasn’t long before I was posting daily and became an active member of the community. As someone that would now say I often blog and call my self a content creator(or at a stretch call my self a blogger) my time on steemit.com has given me the most valuable experience any blogger would need. Here I learned, tested and perfected many of the skills needed to succeed in a world were just publishing content is just not enough.

I think all bloggers should spend some time on steem. Steemit.com is not the only interface to the blockchain. steempeak.com is another very popular site to use. I would recommend it not to earn crypto (but that is a bonus) but to perfect the other skills needed to have your content seen and read. The steem community is small in the general schemes of things and if you can improve the basic skills and get found on steem, then doing the same on larger platforms will be a lot easier.

The thing is with steem, the community wants you to succeed and so help you. On steem, users are the owners of the platform. It's decentralized and not controlled by one single entity. It's in everyone’s benefit to help each other improve their skills. So there are always people willing to show you the ropes, help you with your writing, share different ways and introduce you to communities. That makes it much easier to master than hitting Linkedin or Reddit.

With that in mind, here are 8 Skills that I improved by blogging on steem. And you can do the same!

Understanding your audience

One of the first lessons I learned on steemit was to understand the audience. When I started, I was blogging about Excel and I saw steemit as a content syndication option. However, these types of posts didn’t do well. There was no engagement and no likes. It didn’t take me long to notice posts about steemit and steem and crypto did well. This is what the audience (at the time) wanted. So, I flipped my skills and used Excel and PowerBI to analyze the steem blockchain and I used this data to produce data posts.

Engagement

A struggle for many bloggers is getting people to engage and comment on an article. I am proud to say when I was very active on steem, I often had posts in the top 10 most commented on articles for the day. But this didn’t come easy and I tried a lot of different things. From asking questions within my articles to setting challenges. What I found did best was leader boards. People love gamification. But other skills are also involved in achieving great engagement. We will look at some of these below.

Engagement is not only about getting people to comment and replying to those comments on your blog. It's also about commenting and getting involved with other blogs. If you want someone to read your blog, maybe you should read theirs. Leave them comments and engage with them on their content and posts. Engagement and networking go hand in hand. By engaging you are giving your self a chance to network.

Networking

I can’t overemphasize the power of networking. When you have a personal connection as well as a similar interest, the chances of your content being shared and liked or given the thumbs up increases greatly. Shares are what we all want. More eyes on our content. I did so much networking on steem its crazy. The common interest with everyone was steem so that made it easy. It didn’t really matter what we wrote about in our blogs because we still had steem as a commonality. Networking on steem was easy. We were all trying something new, blogging on a blockchain and earning crypto for doing so. The more I networked the more familiar my name became with people. Making it easier for them to want to open and read my content.

Influencer Networking

On steem Influencer networking is a little different from traditional social influencer networking. Traditional Influencer networking is about building credibility from other influencers in your niche. With the hope that they and their following get exposed to you and your content. On steem, you also want people that will share your content, but the influencers on steem are not really niche specific. These are the ones that can give a post a valuable vote. Valuable votes on steem = social proof, just like reviews on a course or shares on a tweet.

Consistency

One of the valuable lessons I learned on steem was consistency. The more you blog (great content not crap) the more you will be seen. The greater the reach. Posting once every few weeks won’t cut it. People won’t remember you. Be consistently great and keep it up. Rome was not built in a day.

Avoid Spamming

We all want our content to been seen. To achieve this many of us will spam. Drop links in communities and run. Leave a comment on someone else's post with a link and run. Marketing your blog is not about spamming. Get to grips with networking, engagement and active community involvement.

Community

The buzz word in growing online right now is Community.
There were so many communities created around steem and it is an amazing way to network. If you want to share content in a community, make sure you are an active member. Get involved in discussions, form relationships. Engage. It takes a bit of work but it pays off.

If you really want to fly it, create your own community. Nurture it and grow it and you will benefit greatly. Communities have just launched on the steem blockchain. It's a decentralized option with many other benefits. I set up an Excel community during the beta. You can see it on steemit Excel For ALL Steemit or on SteemPeak Excel For ALL SteemPeak. Now out of beta, its time I got it going and started to invite people I have in my social network.

If you want to get started on steem, you will need a steem account. You can sign up with this link Sign up on steem. If you have any difficulty signing up, drop me a line and I will have an account set up for you. If you want to set up a community on steem, again drop me a line and I will make sure you get set up and running.

Already on steem? Share your blog below and let's connect.

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26.02.2020 22:27
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Love the post and will retweet. Lots of great tips in this.

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26.02.2020 23:46
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thanks for reading and stopping by @cryptocurator,

27.02.2020 10:08
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Great post. Definitely agree with all those points!

26.02.2020 23:49
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Thanks @pardinus, steem is for sure a great learning experience

27.02.2020 10:09
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So true Paula, every newbie, and many oldies(!) should be reading this!

26.02.2020 23:55
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I learned a lot being on steem and others can too. it will get harder as the numbers increase and I know I am not the only one to feel this way, have a great day

27.02.2020 10:10
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@paulag Thanks for this it really helps a lot and a very powerful words!

27.02.2020 01:25
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you are most welcome, thanks for reading and for stopping by

27.02.2020 10:10
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My pleasure @paulag 😊

27.02.2020 10:15
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Thanks for the wonderful blogging tips @paulag

27.02.2020 03:58
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steem can really help blogger master their skills, we just need to attract new people

27.02.2020 10:11
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Great tips! I am still trying to become a better blogger :)

27.02.2020 07:15
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I am also still trying to be a better blogger, although this year, I am focusing more on video,

27.02.2020 10:11
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I also started out blogging back in 2015/16 it was an SEO blog just putting my thoughts out there and it went viral I got 190k visits in one month (lol have yet to replicate that level of virality) and then I turned it into a business. Now I'm on 1100 articles and pulling in just under 70k visits a month but I can see its only the beginning and it keeps growing. This past year I've been rather aggressive on link building so while my traffic isn't shooting the lights out the traffic I get is pretty high quality

27.02.2020 08:10
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190K visit, wow nice. Reminds me of my first online course, it make me over €120K and I have not been able to replicate the same since hehehehhe

27.02.2020 10:12
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What? That is incredible, was this direct sale or through a platform like Udemy?

27.02.2020 10:41
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Direct - Udemy was only starting, it was 2010 and people could by the course by cdrom or take it online 95% took it online. eLearning was really new

27.02.2020 11:05
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Wow, consider my mind blown! IN 2010 gosh I was still in Uni learning about billboards and radio ads for my marketing degree LOL

27.02.2020 11:21
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Thanks for making me feel so young 🤣🤑

27.02.2020 15:08
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Lol pleasure PaulaGranny, :P. I'm hoping what you pulled off with courses I can do someday too!I keep swinging, hopefully I'll hit something one day, maybe a pinata filled with candy and bitcoin

27.02.2020 15:53
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Listen kiddo, its supergran to you lololol

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27.02.2020 14:44
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27.02.2020 15:03
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That's a nice write-up! I just finished a post on my blog about Steem and Steem blockchain and would appreciate your feedback :)

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27.02.2020 15:37
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Thanks for your thoughts on building a portfolio on Steemit. I, myself, have just started posting on Steemit and this will be very helpful to me.

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27.02.2020 22:19
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