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How To Regularly Write For 50,000+ Subscribers & The Progress Of My Million Dollar Blog

For once in this blog’s history, I might not go over 2,000 words in this post!

That’s right, I have a very concise (but incredibly useful) tip for you today on how you can write for 50,000 subscribers on a regular basis, even if you have a brand new blog!

How?!

More importantly, will this strategy actually work?

Both of these questions get addressed in the post, so let’s do this!

Writing For 50,000 Subscribers… With A Brand New Blog

Now, before you go calling me a liar, I’m not revealing a strategy on how to get 50,000 subscribers for a brand new blog in only a few weeks time.

That’s going to take (without exception):

  1. Lots of great writing
  2. Lots of great guest posts
  3. Time

However, there is a way to write for 50,000 readers on a regular basis, and grow your own email list at the same time.

The best part is that it takes the completely basic strategy of guest blogging and just kicks it up a notch.

Will it work?

Well, I’m going to be trying it for the first time in my blogging career, so you’ll get to see first hand!

What I’ll Be Doing

Essentially, I’ve become a regular column writer for two blogs I really enjoy, DailyBlogTips and the BufferApp blog.

BufferApp Blog

Basically, Daniel of DailyBlogTips, and Leo from the BufferApp team, both contacted me about being a regular contributor.

I was initially approached by Daniel after my guest post on the 3 ways to be a better affiliate marketer got a compliment and a tweet from Pat Flynn (I used him as an example).

This lead to Daniel checking out my work, and he informed me that he liked what he saw.

DailyBlogTips

Because I liked this idea so much, I decided to approach Leo of the BufferApp team with the same proposal, since I had just submitted two guest posts.

Leo emailed me back almost the next day with my author account!

The best part is, I not only enjoy both of these blogs, but they are also serious contenders when it comes to their reach.

I don’t know specific data about the BufferApp blog, but it’s very popular (150+ average tweets on each article) due to it’s social media content and overall quality (which is why I decided to contribute).

Daniel was nice enough to provide me with these stats about the DailyBlogTips readership:

  • Roughly ~50,000 RSS & Email subscribers
  • Roughly ~ 400,000 pageviews a month
  • 15,000+ followers on Twitter

Point being, both are excellent blogs with some serious reach, and I’ll be a regular contributor for both.

…And You Get To Watch

Hey, don’t be gross… ;)

Fact is, I’ve never tried being a regular columnist as a promotional strategy for a new blog, I’ve always stuck with “regular” guest posting and it’s worked well for me.

In fact, so far it’s worked really well for this blog!

I zoomed past my first 100 subscribers within the first week and a half (guest posts galore, and two great interviews helped with this greatly) and my unique visitors have been going up and haven’t dropped single day since I’ve started focusing on this blog.

But as a regular contributor, I (and you) get to see how this will work first hand.

I’ll be keeping track of the data of my contributions to I can report back to you on whether or not this is a viable strategy, and if it is, how well it really works to regularly contribute to a few related blogs.

How Can You Pursue This Strategy?

If you want to try something like this for your blog, pick a few blogs you really love in your niche.

Then, start guest posting for them.

And I mean awesome guest posts, posts so good that you want to keep them for your own blog.

If you notice that the blog is typically only ran by one person, they will more than likely be interested in decreasing their workload with a regular contributor they know writes quality posts.

That could be you!

Generally speaking, it’s a good deal for both of you.

The author gets free posts of an awesome quality.

You get regular new visitors, exposure, and backlinks from a respectable blog in your niche.

Definitely something worth trying out.

My Million Dollar Blog

Sophistefunk has been doing well in the Million Dollar Blog Project, but I need to concentrate more effort on the site.

This means stuff is getting done within the next couple of weeks.

Coming up:

  1. Custom email opt-in for the sidebar and footer (why don’t I have this already, d’oh!).
  2. More interviews and “out of the ordinary” posts, I need to start amping the content creation up a notch, I feel like I’m becoming too “generic” of a electronic music blog. Generic = dead in the blogging world.
  3. A/B testing: I need to see what really converts. Just because I have a music blog, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take conversions and web analytics seriously, and that goes for your blog as well, no matter the topic.

Basically, it’s time to put in work, and I expect to see traffic go to an all-time high this month, come hell or high water!

What’s Next For Sparring Mind…

Oh man, I’ve got some great posts coming up, I’m really excited to get to them starting this week (had to take a break for turkey day and family last week, sorry for the lack of posts!).

Just a few posts that come to mind…

  • Interview that reveals how the BufferApp team got 80,000 users in only a few months
  • Post that covers web design on a “starving artists” budget, top to bottom (including a new tool from Brian Gardner!)
  • A article that covers 5 ways to use psychology (with proven studies) to build a better blog, includes a fresh serving of real science!
  • A giant interview combo that reveals how to be a guest posting god… or goddess!

Yeah, it’s going to be a fun month.

In the mean time, connect with me on my Google+ profile (I was told all the cool kids have one) and I’ll update you on the next post!

Over To You

What do you think about being a regular contributor to a few select blogs as a growth strategy?

What are some of the possible strengths of this method?

What could be some potential weaknesses?


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