Ok, since this blog a fairly new (actually really new), I’ll be covering a lot of things like starting a new blog, driving traffic to your new blog, getting your first leads, things you should be doing and the things you shouldn’t be doing, and so on. Basically just how to get rolling with your new blog.
In this post I will give you 3 things you should never do to a brand spanking new blog. And this is more for when you actually start getting traffic and people start visiting your blog.
As I said in the my last post (How to Start a Blog – The Right Way), that before you go live with your blog, you want it to look full and presentable. This way you’ll have a pretty good first impression on your visitors.
Well the same goes for widget counters. Things like the amount of rss subscribers you have, twitter followers, facebook likes, tweets, etc. Unless you have a huge following, you shouldn’t show how many people are following you on twitter or your 5 people liking your facebook page, lol.
This is what I want to cover on this post. Why you should not use counters, especially when your blog is new. And I’m also going to share with you what to do to fix this.
Top 3 things you shouldn’t do to a new blog
Thing number 1: Show the the counters for your likes, tweets, and google plus on your posts.
This is a social sharing plugin called “TF Social Share” that allows your readers to like, tweet, and google plus your posts. It’s a cool little plugin so your readers can share your content and make it go viral.
Now if you don’t have a huge, highly responsive audience that clicks on those buttons, then it will seem like no one ever comes to your site.
It doesn’t really look good when you only have like 1 or 2 likes, and 0 tweets.
Here you see that I only have 10 people liking my page. Not sexy at all folks. This looks horrible.
If someone new comes to my site and see’s this, they’re going to automatically think that this site is trash, nothing. They won’t even bother to like your facebook page.
Why would they right? It would be just another fanpage taking up space in their wall.
Now I’m not saying that you have to completely get rid of the facebook like box.
You still want people to like your fan page. You still want to build you fan base.
There are ways to get around this without having the like box, and I will go through them in just a bit.
As you can see I have hardly any RSS subscribers. Only 3 and I know for a fact one of them is me cause I was testing it out to make sure it worked.
Now on the Twitter counter you see I have 3,608 followers. Well that there looks presentable. It looks like I got a following and that people actually come to my site.
I’m using my old twitter feed here because I wanted you to see the difference between them. So you can see how sexy it looks to actually have some kind of numbers showing that you actually have an audience.
This is So Important!
Especially when your visitor first visits your site. Not only does it have to look full and presentable. But it has to look like people actually visit your site, like it, and you have an audience.
People tend to follow people. If your site looks like a ghost town, if it looks empty, then they will think that your site hardly gets updated, they will feel like it’s not worth their trouble, they will leave and never come back.
However, if they see that a good amount of people actually comes to the site, subscribes to your rss feed, follows you on twitter, comments on your posts, likes it, tweets it, etc., then they will be more inclined to do the same.
Here’s What To Do To Fix This Problem
1: First thing you can do is to take out all the widgets and counters out of your blog. Anything that shows how many people are subscribed, following, or whatever.
2: Use the Social Sharing widget without the counters. You still want people to share and spread the word. You can turn the counters on when you start to get a consistent amount of likes, tweets and so forth.
3: At the end of each post and/or page, ask you readers to follow you on twitter or like your facebook page. You do this by writing a simple straight forward “call to action” text or inserting an image and hyperlinking it to you twitter or facebook page.
4: To add more RSS subscribers, simply add a side widget with some text asking them to subscribe. (just like the one you see on this blog)
When Should You Show The Counters?
I highly recommend you use these 4 tips to increase the numbers. It’s the best way to bring them up. As far as when to show them, well that’s really up to you.
I would say this:
- RSS Feeds: Wait till you have at least 1,000 subscribers.
- Twitter followers: 500 – 1,000
- Facebook Box: I’d say 500
Like I said it’s completely up to you.
If they want to find out how many rss subs or followers you have, they will find out. Who cares. And if they ask, then tell them. You don’t have to hide or lie about it. Just be honest and straight forward with it. People will respect you more for it.
As For Me, I’m Going to Show Them!
This blog is sort of an on going case study. I came from a very successful blog to start this one from scratch.
I want to be totally transparent with everything I do here. And that means showing how many RSS subscribers I got, how many FB fans, likes, and whatever else.
I’m not trying to hide anything here. I’m here to show you exactly how I started a brand spanking new blog from scratch, from day zero and turned it into a success.
I want to show that with a little bit of hard work and dedication, anything can be achieved, goals can be met, and profits can be made.
Well there you have it. These are the 3 things you should never do to your new blog. But I’m doing it anyways, lol. I guess you can say I’m a rebel at heart ;-) I may take out the rss and twitter chicklets cause I was never really crazy for them anyway. I don’t like the way they look or the feel it gives the blog.
Seriously though, follow these tips here and you’ll be just fine.
Got Any Tips?
If you got any tips and tricks on what to do when your blog is fairly new, please feel free to share them with us here by posting them down below. Would love to try out some of our ideas for this new blog.