How To Take Your Blog to the Next Level… Once You’ve Got a Start

Help! People are reading my blog, what do I do next?

I get a lot of emails from people asking for advice how to get people to read their blog and have written a number of series of posts with tips on how to find readers – but lately I’ve had conversations with a few bloggers who are at the next level – they have readers but are unsure what to do next.

While it is a problem that many bloggers would love to have – when you actually DO get readers other challenges face a blogger including:

  • keeping momentum going in terms of writing content
  • converting one off visitors into ongoing readers
  • monetization of the traffic
  • building community

Over the next two weeks I want to write a series of 9 tips for bloggers facing some of these problems – those who have had some success in attracting traffic (whether it be from search engines or loyal readers) and who are looking to take their blogging to the next level.

Note for Beginners: The topics I cover are relevant to bloggers of all sizes – but I’ve found them to be particularly relevant for those adolescent blogs who have moved beyond their launch stage and are finding their feet.

Here are the topics we’ll be covering over the next couple of weeks:

  1. Building Upon Your Strengths
  2. Converting First Time Readers to Loyal Readers
  3. Keeping Fresh Content Flowing
  4. Growing Traffic to the Next Level With Search Engine Optimization
  5. Building Community a sense of Community on Your Blog
  6. Shaping Your Brand
  7. Expanding Connecting Points With Readers
  8. Extending Your Blog Audience Beyond Your Current Network
  9. Making Money – Moving Beyond AdSense

To follow along with this series make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed or bookmark and come back to this page where I’ll be linking to each new post as it is published on the blog.

Stay tuned later today for the next post in this series.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. runs on the Genesis Framework

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  1. Hi Darren,

    One of the things I love about this blog is the way in which relevant content links to even more specialized content.

    Nothing is more effective than practicing what you preach.

    Thanks for the great posts!

  2. Rob says:

    Hi Darren –

    Great timing for me as well. I received an email this morning from someone wanting to know my rates for advertising (yippee!) but I’m only using AdSense and don’t even know how I should respond.

  3. I think my blog has a lot of potential, offers a great resource for someone looking for cool guy gifts, and has started getting some traffic. I welcome any tips I can get – thank you!!!

  4. Jordan Garn says:

    Sounds interesting, i’m especially interested in the monetization part.

  5. Kikolani says:

    This sounds like a great email, and great timing for me too! I think I’ve applied most of the entry level steps, and now need to move on to some advanced things. I can’t wait to see the series in my inbox. :)

    ~ Kristi

  6. Eric says:

    Hi Dareen
    Thanks for this awesome post

  7. Cant wait for this series. Already subscribed to your RSS feed, being a regular reader on problogger.

  8. Heather says:

    Hi there! I have gotten lots of great tips off your site & appreciate all that you do!
    I have a question. I came across a blog that had a number on each entry. I asked the blog owner how they did that, and she has not yet gotten back to me. I googled it & can’t find it either. I am asking because on the giveaways that I do it would be really nice to have the entries automatically numbered for me. Do you know how to go about doing that?

  9. Vu Tong says:

    I just wanted to thank you Darren for this post.

    After reading it, I was inspired to do something similar. Instead of blogging, I decided to talk about something I have more experience in, creating an online community using a forum.

  10. Robin says:

    Tips on getting folks back for more visits are always a good thing ;)

  11. axel g says:

    Great initiative Darren +_+

    Something to look forward to…

  12. SEO Tips says:

    Cannot wait for this series to start this is just where I am at the moment and have been for some time now. I am very excited to read the articles.

    Thanks Darren.

  13. seth says:

    Looks to be a useful and often returned to resource…

    Thanks Darren for your thoughtful information. Your content is always helpful and right on target. Good job making blogging better.

  14. Waaaw!!,lets take it slow here ha ha ha….i thought am the traffic keeper’ha ha ha..but it doesnt hurt to hear more on how i will Lock up all my readers with great Tips from Darren..Guys i cant wait!


  15. Copper Sheet says:

    I’ve subscribed for around 4 months and, IIRC, have found about 3 posts of mild interest. How many times can you say the same thing different ways?5 tips this, 7 tips that – quite frankly, it’s bordering on becoming an insult to intelligence – hardly anything is new that wasn’t written 3 years ago already; and 95% of that is common sense.

  16. I am looking forward this series. My blogs are six months old and are just starting to get some regular readers. Even though my readership is still very small, I am glad that my blog has expanded to others, outside my circle of friends. The tips and instructions I have received on Problogger have been very big help.

    @Mike: Sorry Mike, I guess you are too advanced for the rest of us. Too bad you didn’t include a link to your site. I would love to have seen what you have accomplished with your superior skills.

  17. Kashh says:

    Hi Darren,

    I am novice blogger. Recently started a blog. It seems, If I stuck to your updates and Problogger, I will improve my blogging baby steps!.. Thanks a lot for amazing resources. Will be waiting for coming weeks!

  18. Tyrone says:

     I think I was looking for this since a long time and I have got the answer of many of my questions.

  19. zplits says:

    Hi Darren,

    Thank you so much for this valuable information. As i am new to blogging. I think this one will help me.

    Thank you for sharing.

  20. Hello people! This article was very usefull to me. I will come back frequently.