Why Your Traffic Has Decreased

A small decrease in views once in a while is totally normal however if you notice a consistence decrease in views you may be making some of the following mistakes which luckily are very easily fixable!
Not responding to comments-  A large number of bloggers really enjoy communicating with one another and socializing with everyone. Commenting is a very important part of the blogging experience and not replying to comments may be one of the reasons your readers aren’t returning. A lot of people may prefer to read blogs from people they can interact with.
Not being active- I say this a lot but it’s definitely true- WordPress is very much a two way street. If you don’t support other blogs they are going to stop supporting you too. If you notice that someone consistently likes and comments on your blog make sure to return the favour. This will encourage people to keep coming back to your blog. If you don’t return the favour people may stop returning to your blog over time. For more on how to be active on WordPress click here. 
Not being consistent- If you don’t post consistently at the same time readers may not know when to visit your blog for new posts. If you don’t post for a while they may also think you’ve stopped blogging which is pretty common sometimes. Scheduling your post and remaining consistent can really help increase your traffic. For more on how to schedule your posts click here.
Not using tags well- I always say this as well but tags are super important when it comes to blogging! Not using the correct tags or the tags that could bring you optimum views can really cut down your views, likes and follows. For more on how to use tags correctly click here.
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Reasons Your Blog Stopped Growing

If you’re blog has stopped growing it could be for a number of reasons- most of which are likely easily solvable. The reasons and solutions below can help your blog begin growing again:
You’re leaving spam comments- This is one of the easiest ways to stop people from following your blog. If you aren’t sure what a spam comment is it’s leaving your link on random blogs comments section, leaving a vague comment with your link on random blogs or trying to force/guilt/bully other bloggers to check out your blog. It’s one of those things that are really a pet peeve for bloggers and I usually delete these kinds of comments or ignore them as do most bloggers. A lot of people also block these blogs and leaving these sort of comments can get your blog unfollowed/blocked pretty fast. If you’re not sure about the do’s and don’t’s of commenting click here.
Your posts are spamming your readers- If you are constantly posting especially if you are posting one post after the other in a span of a few minutes it can be a very frustrating for your followers. A lot of people will end up not following your blog or unfollow your blog due to this. If you want to reduce this effect make sure not to post every few minutes. Instead try to post every hour at the most.
Your posts aren’t scheduled- A lot of people may want to read your posts but aren’t sure when they’ll be up if you post randomly. A lot of people may not follow you if they aren’t sure if you’re still posting or if they assume you post randomly. Posting regularly and scheduling your posts to go up at the same time every week/day can really boost your following. If you aren’t sure how to find the optimum time to schedule your post click here.
You aren’t active in responding to your readers- I think socializing with other bloggers is the backbone of WordPress and ignoring your comments/not responding is a pretty easy way to lose readers and potential followers. People want to follow a blog they can be part of with a blogger they can talk to and being active on the comments section is another great way to increase your following.
You aren’t marketing yourself properly- A lot of growing your blog is about marketing yourself and your blog. It may feel weird at first but you need to kind of be your biggest fan and market yourself whenever possible- without spamming others of course. If you aren’t sure how to market your blog then click here for tips on how to do so.
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5 Tricks That Will Get You Followers

Be consistent– Consistency is seriously important when blogging. It helps your readers know when your post is going to go up, whether you are still active because some people quit blogging after a while and you can schedule your posts for the optimum time so as to reach the maximum number of readers.I know it’s not always possible when you have things going on in life but I would highly recommend trying to schedule your posts in such a way that you are posting at the same time every day/week. What I personally like to do is write my posts in advance so that I don’t have to worry about it throughout the week when I’m preoccupied with university. Posting regularly makes a huge difference and will definitely help you increase your followers/traffic. To learn how to schedule your posts for maximum reach click here.
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Tags- I know I say this in like every other post but tags are SO IMPORTANT. The perfect amount would be about 4-6 because if you use more than 10 WordPress automatically removes your post from the tags section on the reader and classifies your post as spam. If the tags are too few you will not reach your optimum audience. Also remember to use broader tags like “food” instead of “salad” because statistically more people are likely to search for broader topics than very specific ones. For more on how exactly to use tags to benefit your blog click here.

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Stay active- staying active is also extremely important. WordPress is very much a two way street and if you want to expand your blog you are going to have be active on other blogs. And I want to specify that by being active I do not mean spamming them with “follow my blog here’s a link” comments because the only thing that will achieve is you annoying potential followers/readers. By being active I mean read other blogs (preferably those that blog about similar topics as they are more likely to follow you) and leave likes, share their posts and leave genuine comments about the post. For more on what to comment and what never to comment click here.
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Popular topics- I highly encourage everyone to write about things they are passionate about however if there are certain topics that are more popular than others. If you’re comfortable with it try checking what topics are trending that day and post about those topics to increase views and follows. And find out what topics are most popular on WordPress and write on those- remember use their tag them too!
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Be unique- there are literally thousands of bloggers out there from all over the world which means that most topics have been written on, most challenges have been done and readers can easily find thousands of posts on very popular topics. However, showing your readers that you have something unique to offer will really help grow your blog. Try out something new that you haven’t seen a lot of bloggers doing, write about unique experiences or topics that you haven’t seen on other blogs.  I know I just said popular topics get a lot of views but sometimes people are sick of seeing the same thing over and over again which is when they begin looking for something new and will likely end up finding your blog. I honestly believe that if you are writing from the heart they will appreciate your writing.
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How To Market Your Blog

Blogging is difficult and marketing your blog can be even more difficult. However, as most bloggers know it is quite difficult to grow your blog especially without marketing. Good marketing can have a huge impact your blog plus it’s very helpful if you are hoping to start making money off your blog or become a full time blogger. Here’s how you can successfully market your blog.
Reach out to people who are interested– do some research and figure out who is sponsoring other bloggers and try to reach out to them and ask if they would be interested in sponsoring you too. Email companies/people you know that sponsor bloggers and ask if they would be interested.
Join websites that help connect bloggers with interested sponsors- there are multiple sites that help bring bloggers and sponsors together. I personally use Intellifluence which has been very helpful for me so far but there are many others out there too.

Advertise yourself- you want to be your biggest fan when it comes to marketting. Show interested sponsors why they should be part of your blog. By this I want to clarify don’t leave spam comments/send spam emails. Send posts you like or are related to interested sponsors to give them an example.
Figure out what you want from blogging- once you figure out what kind of sponsors you want it’s easier to find specific sponsors who would be interested.
Make sure your blog looks professional- it is important to make sure that your blog looks professional. Like something someone would want to be a part of. This will help increase your likelihood to get sponsors. If you’re not sure whether your blog looks professional enough or how to make make it more professional click here.
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5 Tiny Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Taking Off

There are so many tiny mistakes that one can make that may stop them from getting the followers/traffic their blog deserves. Here are some that may be stopping your blog from taking off:
You’re spamming WordPress– If you’re putting out one post after the other WordPress a lot of people may think you’re spamming them and decide to not follow you or unfollow you. Furthermore, WordPress may stop putting your posts on the tags section because it will categorize you as spam. This will put a huge dent on your traffic/follows so try not to post too often- especially not all at once.
You aren’t being active- Like I say in like every advice post WordPress is definitely a two way street and if you aren’t being active on other blogs you can’t expect them to be active on yours. Make sure to like, follow, share and comment on other blogs to increase activity on yours.
Tags- Make sure you use the right amount of tags. If you use too many WordPress will assume it’s spam and if you use too few you will lose potential traffic and follow. To figure out the perfect way and amount of tags to use click here.
You need to organize better- If your blog is too confusing and the reader can’t find what they are looking for easily it’s likely that they will leave your site without following it or returning again. I would suggest using tags and categories so that the reader can find what they’re looking for quickly and easily.
Titles-  A lot of readers decide whether they’re going to click on the post just by reading the title. You need to have a title that’s catchy but not clickbait. To find out how to get the perfect title click here.
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Why You Should NEVER Buy Followers

People will know- People will definitely know that your followers are fake eventually. They’ll notice the lack of activity that comes from having organic followers.

Sponsors will know– Again sponsors will definitely know. Since their job is to figure out who would be the best to sponsor they’re going to look at your stats and realise your followers are fake due to the lack of activity on your blog.

It’s unethical- Blogging is not just about getting followers/likes it’s about writing and creating posts that people can genuinely enjoy. Although there is no official rule book people are still likely going to avoid your blog if they realise your followers are fake.

It’s unfair to real bloggers- Those of us who are attempting to grow our blog organically spend a lot of time and effort to do so. It’s not as easy as people assume it is and it takes a lot of effort for your blog to grow organically. I find it extremely wrong when someone chooses to avoid the hard work and buy followers instead especially when it’s super obvious and you just know their followers are bots.

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How To Be A Successful Blogger

Although it’s not always important how popular your blog is a lot of bloggers do tend to want to increase their followers/traffic. If you’re interested in being a more successful blogger here are 5 ways to do so.

Be unique- To be bluntly honest there are millions of bloggers out there and unless you’re bringing something unique to the reader it’s going to take a while for your blog to grow. Make sure your topic is unique and interesting so that readers will want to follow and read your posts.

Be genuine- You are way more likely to be successful if your writing is genuine. Your readers will see how passionate you are about your posts/writing and will appreciate the sincerity that you bring.

Popular topics- You are more likely to have more activity/followers if you write on topics that are popular/have a large audience. However, if you write a blog about a topic that’s not popular/have a huge audience don’t give up because sometimes unique topics really work out well!

Better your blogging- Make sure you’re not making basic blogging mistakes especially if your a newbie or aren’t gaining any followers even though you’ve been blogging for a long time. Check out my advice posts to make sure you aren’t making basic blogging mistakes by clicking here.

Have a genuine audience- Make sure you have organic following because if your followers are fake your posts will lack activity which is vital if you want your blog to be successful.

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Why Your Blog Isn’t Taking Off

There are multiple reasons why your blog might not be taking off however a lot of them are easily solvable!

Marketing- blogging is often about marketing. You need to make people want to read your blog and to just once you need to make them want to follow your blog and keep coming back. A good way to make sure people keep coming back is to be responsive in the comments and genuinely interact with followers.

Small  blogging problems– there are a lot of small problems that are easily solvable that may be why your blog isn’t taking off. Check out these posts to see if you have any of these problems and how to solve them.

Advertising– if you want your blog to really take off you need to advertise yourself. There are certain ways to do this. Firstly, you can do some actual advertising through Google, Bing or bigger blogs that have guest posts/shoutouts. Another way to advertise yourself is to be active on other peoples blogs. Let me make it clear by that I do not mean spamming other blogs with “check out my blog” comments. I mean leave genuine comments about their content, like their posts, share the ones you particularly enjoy and remember to make some new friends!

Be genuine– if your writing is genuine and you are passionate about what you’re blogging about your readers will appreciate it and keep coming back.

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Everything About WordPress Plans 2

If you’re not sure whether to upgrade or not read the first part of this post by clicking here.

So you’ve decided to upgrade but aren’t sure what plan would be perfect for you? Well than this post should help. I realised quickly that WordPress doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about it’s plans and to stop others from going through what I did I want to help you pick the perfect plan for you. I ended up picking the wrong one and having to downgrade which led me to lose my likes and comments for the posts I did while on my new plan because they promised to backup the data but for some reason it didn’t work out. It could have been a lot worse especially because the help team was literally like “yeah sorry we can’t help you we don’t know how to fix this…” Anyway here is the inside scoop on all the plans to help you decide what’s right for you!

The Personal Plan

What they say you get on WordPress

Free Domain for One Year
Jetpack Essential Features
Email & Live Chat Support
Dozens of Free Themes
Basic Design Customization
6 GB Storage Space
Remove WordPress.com Ads

My Thoughts

In my opinion if you started a blog as more of a hobby and have the budget to give it a little glow-up this is the plan for you. It’s not great if you want to blog professionally because you don’t get a .com site and a lot of the extra features offered on the other plans to help customize you site.

The Premium Plan

What they say you get on WordPress

Free Domain for One Year

Jetpack Essential Features

Email & Live Chat Support

Advanced Design Customization
13 GB Storage Space
Remove WordPress.com Ads
Google Analytics Integration
Advanced Social Media
Simple Payments
Site Monetization
VideoPress Support

My Thoughts

This is the plan that I’m currently using and I really love it. It’s quite affordable compared to the Business Plan and has almost all the same features from what I’ve noticed. If you want to transition into becoming a full time blogger I would highly recommend this plan. It allows you to use any theme available on WordPress and customize it to an extent. It also gives you a payment button which is useful if you want to make money off your blog.

The Business Plan

What they say you get on WordPress

Free Domain for One Year

Jetpack Advanced Features

Email & Live Chat Support

Unlimited Premium Themes

Advanced Design Customization

200 GB Storage Space

Remove WordPress.com Ads

Google Analytics Integration

Advanced Social Media

Simple Payments

Site Monetization

VideoPress Support

Get Personalized Help

SEO Tools

Install Plugins

Install Themes

Remove WordPress.com Branding

My Thoughts

I tried this plan and honestly I hated it. The main pro is that you get plugins and get more control over over what your blog looks like. The main problem I had with this plan is that you lose your follow button- the one at the bottom right. I feel like this button is very useful for gaining new followers and it’s ridiculous that they don’t have it in this plan. Another problem I had was that it seemed to slow down my blog- I don’t know if this happened to anyone else on this plan but it did for my blog so just giving you a heads up. For the price I also didn’t think it had many useful features that you can’t get on the Premium Plan. I would recommend this plan if you already earn a good amount of income off your blog and are a professional blogger who needs specific features only offered on this plan.

The eCommerce Plan

What they say you get on WordPress

Free Domain for One Year

Jetpack Advanced Features

Email & Live Chat Support

Unlimited Premium Themes

Advanced Design Customization

200 GB Storage Space

Remove WordPress.com Ads

Google Analytics Integration

Advanced Social Media

Simple Payments

Site Monetization

VideoPress Support

Get Personalized Help

SEO Tools

Install Plugins

Install Themes

Remove WordPress.com Branding

Accept Payments in 60+ Countries

Integrations with Top Shipping Carriers

Unlimited Products or Services

eCommerce Marketing Tools

Premium Customizable Starter Themes

My Thoughts

Never tried this plan but I think it would be best suited for someone thinking of selling something on their blog. Unless you are planning on selling something I would highly recommend not getting this plan.

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Everything About WordPress Plans 1

I don’t know if you guys remember but I upgraded my plan to Premium when I reached 10k and then stupidly upgraded again to Business which was a horrible idea and almost destroyed this blog I had worked so hard for. A lot of people do decide to upgrade their plan for the new year for multiple reasons however if you’re one of them I would urge you to read this post first so you can find out whether to upgrade or not. The second part of this post will help you find the right plan for you if you do decide to upgrade.

Income- As you may already know upgrading your blog costs money and you need to check whether you are making enough of an income through your blog to actually afford to upgrade. If you can afford to upgrade go for it but if you don’t make at least how much the upgrade costs through your blog. I would highly recommend waiting to upgrade at least until you make equivalent or more than your upgrade costs.

Predictions for your blog- Where do you see your blog going in the future? If you see a steady growth than upgrading may be the way to go however if you don’t see any growth or even see a loss than perhaps sticking with your current plan until your blog starts growing.

What is your end goal with blogging- if you are blogging as a hobby or as something part-time I would suggest not investing too much money into it unless you can afford to do so. However, if you see this becoming a full-time thing than you should consider investing in your blog with an upgrade. Blogs that don’t have .wordpress look much more professional and if you are planning on blogging full-time it will help make your blog look more professional.

How decided are you about upgrading- This is an important question to ask yourself because although WordPress promises that it will back up your data and if you decide to downgrade it will go back to exactly how it was this is not always the case and I learnt this unfortunately from experience. When I downgraded to Premium Plan from a Business Plan it ended up splitting my posts- I had one with just all my like and one with just all my comments. It was horrible and took forever to sort of fix- I could never properly fix it. My blog still has two posts for every post I made while I had the Business Plan. So the lesson is if you’re not fully invested in upgrading and are iffy about it remember you may lose everything with a downgrade so make a choice you can stick with.

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