If you are a blogger, (experienced or budding) you know what I am talking about? Blog views, page views, traffic, reach we are often engulfed in the vicious circle of these figures. And trust me, being an experienced banker I know these numbers are not easy to catch.
When I began ‘gleefulblogger‘ in late 2016, it was more of an emotional plunge than a calculated or thoughtful action. All I wanted was to write and share my feelings with close-circuit friends. But very soon, I realized the magnanimity of the blogging scenario. That was the real beginning of a love affair with my blog.
Ingredients to start a Blog
How to start a Blog? The first thing you require before beginning your blog is – Vision. Question yourself, why you need this. I get many direct messages from friends, acquaintances, family regarding – how to set up a blog? I ask them the same question – first tell me why do you want to Blog? You must know the terrain you are stepping in before signing a deal.
A blog requires – Vision, dedication, creativity, ability to build unique content, a little technical know-how (as it’s digital), and determination from you. Once you find these checked, other requirements can be easily acquired.
You can get complete details on “how to start a blog” here.
Once you have your own blog and started building content what to expect next? Traffic! A blogger’s biggest achievement is his/her blog’s reach. When readers visit your blog, identifies it as a source of information and provides their valuable feedback that builds a bond between creator and reader.
But that’s not as easy as it looks, gaining readership on just the basis of your content is one of the toughest tasks in blogging. It took me a while to identify this gap and started seeking solutions. The answer came back with a hashtag #MyFriendAlexa by Blogchatter.
#MyFriendAlexa by Blogchatter
What is MyFriendAlexa? It is a cool blogging challenge spearheaded by Blogchatter team some three years ago. As a participant, you are expected to write eight blog posts throughout the month of September. That makes it two posts in a week. Along with writing, all participants will be divided into smaller groups. Each group will be given daily/weekly reading lists. We read from fellow participants on the given dates, and they reciprocate.
What is Alexa Ranking? Alexa ranking is a measure to identify your website’s rank against millions of websites worldwide in terms of visitors, content, views, hits, popularity, etc. It acts exactly like your weight on the weighing scale – lower the better it is 😉
How Blogchatter helps you achieve Alexa ranking? Blogchatter says – ” With #MyFriendAlexa, the Blogchatter team has a unique plan to get your Alexa ranking up. With a bit of effort on your side, your website/blog can rank a lot higher. Follow the best practices we will be guiding you through and your Google ranking could also go higher. More footfalls, more traffic, more engagement could mean that your blog will take off. Now wouldn’t you say that’s a pretty good reason to register for Season 4? “
My reasons why I prefer #MyFriendAlexa over any other challenge?
By now you, all know what is this challenge all about. It is all about planning, scheduling, managing eight blog posts in one month along with healthy reading.
I prefer My Friend Alexa over any other blogging challenge as it helps in ‘networking’. We read and interact with fellow participants, making a bond over time and blogging. I have met many new people through MFA in these three years. Made many friends, some to read from on every new notification, and some for a lifetime.
Also, read Why I love my Blog?
This challenge is a masterclass of time and skill management. Writing eight posts in a month is a task for many (me including), and reading 5/10 posts a day requires skill and patience. My first year with My Friend Alexa, I baffled with time management. Writing and reading tossed everything else off the charts. The second-year, I was prepared with topics, content and a couple of drafts. In short, I was more disciplined and focused in my second year with My Friend Alexa.
This is a wonderful experience with many things to learn in just one month. Interacting with other participants on a daily basis, planning, writing and managing time to accomplish the task. This brings learning home and you also get the Alexa rank working in your favor.
Join the MyFriendAlexa season 4 here if you haven’t done it already.
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