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Reasons for Failed Blogging Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Reasons Blogging Fails

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction

Launching and managing a weblog these days could seem like a fool's errand, what with all the flashy, real-time, click-bait driven content that fills the tubes of the 'Net.

There is still a place, however, for more though­tful, long-form, engaging content (and there likely always will be) but success with blogging today means concen­trating one's energies on those things that ultimately matter the most - unders­tanding users, being organized, focusing on the quality of the experience and the channels that contribute to success, testing your digital assump­tions and measuring perfor­mance along the way.

Most indivi­duals and enterp­rises that engage in a blogging initiative will fail, however, because they ignore these fundam­ental aspects of the process. If you're serious about success with blogging, consider the following before getting started.

Consumer Persona Identi­fic­ation

It can seem like a waste of time but remember that you're not producing content for everyone, but rather a small subset of the broader general population and as such it only makes sense to develop and distribute content to the audience segment that will find the content appealing. Take the time to develop (ideate) customer personas (the types of consumers you aim to attract with your blogging) - complete with interest targeting research (the topics those consumers are interested in) - so that when the time comes to actually sit down and develop content, you know who is going to read or consume it and their motivation for doing so.

Content Planning & Develo­pment

One of the things that most people get wrong about blogging, and the main reason they fail in my opinion, is the failure to establish a plan for developing and processing content. Having a backup stash of article or post ideas and even a few full-l­ength articles will be useful on those days when the motivation to create something new just isn't there. Remember that there are two types of content - timeless and timely - and successful blogs will be those that plan for the develo­pment of both. In the least, schedule posts for 30, 60 and 90 days just so that you can get an idea of the potential effort required.
 

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Design Matters

The trend toward minimalism in digital design is leading many bloggers to ignore a crucial element to their 'Net success - conver­sion. While it is sometimes a rather unpopular opinion, all design elements should ultimately guide users toward primary or secondary conversion instances - from submitting their email address through a form, to entering their credit card details in order to purchase something. The reason design is considered an art is because it's necessary to sublimely achieve this while avoiding seeming heavy handed in the process.

Organic Optimi­zation

There's really only a handful of ways that you can get traffic to your website - email, social, advert­ising and search, and more than any other, it is search engines that will enable those just starting out (or those interested in growing their audience and usefulness of their blog to the business) to attract an audience initially and scale (grow) their traffic over time. Organic search optimi­zation requires several things - content, promotion and time - so realize that a combin­ation of effort and patience will be required (along with an unders­tanding of user interest, planning and design quality).

Measur­ement & Analytics

Businesses that blog (or indepe­ndent bloggers) won't know if they have failed (or how much they have succeeded) if they don't measure - or worse, they may get an inaccurate unders­tanding of their perfor­mance. A failure to measure what customers are buying, what content is most appealing and what elements are encour­aging conversion is a sure fire way to fail at blogging; if you're serious about success, measur­ement will prove essential.