Simple, Free Ways to Boost Your Blog

Simple, free ways to boost your blog

Writers hyperventilate at titles like this. With sweaty palms, they click on the links that promise instant solutions to poor follower numbers.

Nobody wants to spend hours adding complicated plug-ins and devising long-tail keywords just to get more recognition than the blogger next door. It’s hard work and online talkers just want to write and be read.

WordPress can be like a glorified form of Facebook – everyone sat in their own little corner of the world, constantly harping on about their own little area of interest.

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But while people are tapping away at their keyboards, minimal thought is given to the fact that if everyone’s talking, no-one’s listening.

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Ooh, look at me, me, me!

Now, I know people get likes and comments and reblogs, but nobody is as interested in someone’s post as much as the author themselves.

simple, free ways to boost your blog

Also, despite all evangelistic endeavours, folks talking encouragingly about Jesus shouldn’t expect to be too popular among non-believers and the luke-warm. Why? Because if you are doing things right, it should create opposition, irritation, anger and even enemies.

There are quite of few of you dear bloggers who describe yourselves as ‘Christians with Depression. Please don’t add to your sadness by expecting the world to love you.

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He was unrecognisable after the beatings.

Maybe for some, that’s the cause of your depression in the first place. Remember that Jesus warned,

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.” (John 15:18-20)

simple, free ways to boost your blog

Just do what he guides you to do and leave the ‘ego thing’ at his feet. There are plenty of statistics to show how lack of attention from Instagram / Facebook friends can bring about depression and anxiety in those depending on social media to prove their self-worth. But this mentality slips into other sites too.

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Don’t ever compare your follower numbers, likes and comment quantity with other blogs – it will only drive you crazier than you already feel. If you truly desire to be gentle, understanding, honest-but-loving, interesting and most of all, obedient to what you believe God has called you to do, forget about blog awards and SEO. You just do your bit and God will ensure that the right people get to see your posts.

simple, free ways to boost your blog

In the meantime, instead of pondering on how you can get more regular readers, think about who you can encourage by reading and commenting on their posts.

Your words of hope may be the difference between someone being uplifted or taking their own life.

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A little love goes a long way.

Simply put, you cannot read all 172 million WordPress blogs, but you can stop worrying about your own and find just one person to encourage.

simple, free ways to boost your blog

Google might be clever enough to crawl through your pages looking for faults, so it can rank you lower than a daschund’s belly, but Google is not God. God promotes who he wants to and honours obedience and faith.

 

simple, free steps to boost your blog
Forget about fame

For us Christians who care about ‘the fear of the Lord’, it is also important to note that a website with thousands of followers and a regular large readership, doesn’t mean God is impressed with that blog or behind it. At the end of the day, his opinion is the only thing that matters and when we die, we cannot take our popularity with us.

So don’t compromise your message just to please Google.

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…bouncing off your site…

We all know that Mr. Google is double-minded. He tells you to add good external links, with the promise that this will help your ranking, but…if too many readers click onto those links, your bounce-back rate will rise, thus pushing your site into oblivion.

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So, if you can’t add your keywords in the places this Hard-To-Please-Search-Engine wants, who cares? In God’s non-fickle opinion, the most important keywords when blogging are:

“Don’t give up on life because there is hope.

Jesus died for your sins.

Repent and you will receive forgiveness from the all-powerful Creator of the universe.

Obey him and trust him to provide for your needs.

He loves you dearly.

He will bless you and if you follow his leading, he will bless your blog.”

loneliness

32 comments

  1. Sharon, I know you aren’t looking for praise, but this piece is amazing!

    If you read the post I put up tomorrow or Friday, you will see I have been thinking along the same lines.

    I don’t want popularity, fame, or a record number of hits if it will make me arrogant. As I recall, Jesus saved his most scathing rebukes for the prideful.

    You speak the truth, girl!

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  2. I love this post. I love your attitude about blogging. The name of my blog pretty much lets everyone know what it is about, but my conviction has been that I need to write for an audience of one, Jesus, and let him worry about results.

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  3. Dear Sharon, I couldn’t agree more that we should write for God first. He’ll look after the other details. I’ve had to step away from doing as much writing and networking due to a family situation. Doing God’s work first always ensures we won’t be last where His will is concerned. He has our backs. And He is pleased when we trust Him.
    Blessings ~ Wendy Mac

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  4. I actually had a blog before the one I started and it was about lead magnets. LOL. I actually know a lot about SEO and social media (it’s my paid job to know) but I can’t stand it. I actually told my husband yesterday how it’s not me. I scrapped that blog because I don’t like the concept of selling myself out to get money or subscribers or whatever and I also don’t want to be disappointed or sad when it doesn’t happen. I don’t want my emotions to swing up and down depending on who reads my garbage and who doesn’t. And most of my posts were garbage! sure they were helpful and insightful, but they weren’t my heart.

    I’m an INFJ and I read a few weeks ago this and it made so much sense to me! “INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.” It fits me perfectly. Although I’m not sure that comes across in my writing (I’m still working that out), my mission in life is not to work to get a paycheck or work to make my employer rich (which SEO and marketing is all about) but instead to help others so they can help themselves. That’s why I love art, music, and having heart-to-heart discussions with people. It’s why I like self-care and I spend so much time trying to figure out my purpose. I can’t stand that my life and to a smaller degree, my writing, has become an agenda or just completely purposeless!

    Anyway, I can’t agree with this post more. Although God and I aren’t besties, I’ve always thought from a moral standpoint that all this money making, fan and likes, and popularity agendas are quite damaging. Life is simple, I think and we tend to complicate it with the kind of garbage that ruins souls.

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  5. I loved this post! I appreciated your reminder – whoever is meant to read or be inspired by my blog will be for God will give them what they need. And if what they need is not my site than that is good too. And yup rather than taking, give, give and give. It may not get you readers, it will support others.
    Thanks for sharing…
    Love and light

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    • Hi Eliza, it’s great to meet you. I am so glad that you did not go through with the suicide, because taking your life would have robbed the world of such an amazing poet and writer. I know that the bad will be turned around for good and even if you don’t know God personally yet, you will learn to realise that he was with you through all those dark moments and it was him who gave you the strength to live. I am so looking forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for your lovely comments. I am very happy you took time to stop by here and say hello.

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