It has been a year now since I’ve created AnimeAthena and never have I thought that I’ll be able to pull off and optimize the page for about a year without any prior experience in creating a live website.
I do know the basics when it comes to UI, UX, and programming practices since I’ve studied Computer Science, but I won’t be doing that. I’ll be focusing more on the things I’ve learned in the first year of Anime Athena. I’ll also be adding a gist of marketing because that’s a large part of creating your own site.
So how hard can it be?
It’s really hard being a content creator, especially when you’re doing it as a hobby. It will consume most of your time, doing it together with a day job will burn you out faster than a matchstick.
People usually got the idea that becoming the next Youtube/blogger sensation is just you overreacting to jump scares, becoming an uber pro-Minecraft player, or regularly posting famous article topics per week.
Most likely that does not happen, but making people think that what you’re doing is easy, is one step to your success.
Now the how-to part
First and foremost if you’re going to create a blog site, you’ll need to know the audience to whom you’ll blog about.
You can either dedicate yourself to a very niche audience or be general, just do what you think is the most fun to you.
After you’ve got an idea of what to start on, it’s time to find where to host your blogs. You can either create your own website, get your own domain, manage everything, and have total control over what to post or when to post. It’s all up to you.
The drawback, of course, is the amount of time you’ll be
wasting spending on building a beautiful website. Not to mention the costs and security of managing your own site.
Thankfully, I’m finding people to write here at Anime Athena. So if you’ve ever wanted to make your own blogs but don’t want to set it up on your own, feel free to message me. I’ll let you in aboard the ship.
All done setting up
Congratulations! I guess since you’re reading this or skipped through here, you are now done with all the initial part of your blog site.
Now comes the main part of blogging… the content.
You’ll need to start by researching online how to properly format a blog post. I’ll eventually post how to properly format a blog post soon to make things easier for you.
And you’ll need to develop your own kind of writing. The more unique, the better. As long as you think it will be entertaining and readable.
Don’t be discouraged if you think that your writing sucks, we all have to go through the learning phase and I guarantee that eventually, you’ll be happy with your writing.
Understand what works for your website
In some point of your journey, you’ll get to experience creating the greatest work of your life – and then no one reads it.
And then comes a point where you’re very uninspired but still posted something anyways – everyone adores it.
To be honest I still don’t know how to actually move with trends after a year. It seems a burden for me to force myself to like what a majority of otakus like
But generally, I’d avoid writing on a topic that’s too old. I’ve noticed that no one ever want’s to read those anymore and thus a waste of time.
I cannot express how important this is. There is no grade for being creative, and the only way you’ll know that you’re getting better is through other people’s criticisms.
Now, you can’t make everyone happy. It all depends on you how to make the majority of your fans happy.
The importance of optimization
You think that you’re the greatest writer ever in the world, but your website still plummets its views every now and then. I guess its time to look at other factors for your blog site. Here are some questions which can help you in your post for better optimization:
- Have I posted the proper meta-data for my article in order to have a higher ranking for SEO?
- Is my website loading fast enough?
- Is the format of my article or my website eye-catching or painful for the eyes?
- Are my tags correct?
- Am I posting it at the right time?
Meta-data are the keywords that a search engine will try to match up for a user who is googling for something. It is usually the Excerpt or the first paragraph of your post, additionally, the “slug” or the URL also helps, keep those short and clean. Never do something like “animeathena.com/mypost123458athena231”, it should be something like “animeathena.com/mypost-episode13-review”.
There are a lot of tools online to see the optimization of your website, one is SEO-Analyzer. This helps you get a general idea of how optimized your website is.
Formatting is very important for your content, nobody likes to read a wall of text. Try to maximize your gaps and break your texts with white spaces or images.
Tags are very important, this helps people find the right content on your website. But please don’t tag your posts like on Instagram, in which every word in your description is a hashtag. This will destroy your post on search engines and you will be penalized.
Posting at the right time helps when you’re sharing your content through social media. Find the right time when to post for your audience, don’t just post it in the middle of the night or a busy workday.
All of those makes your organic reach a whole lot easy, and it makes your viewers stay on your website and not just close your website after reading the article, entice them to click more, and consume more.
What are organic reaches?
Organic reaches are the natural non-paid reach of your content through people. It enables you to save a lot of money and garner you more dedicated fans.
The more organic reach you have, the more likely you have an optimized site, and the more likely you have great content that people would like to share.
Should I go for paid reaches?
It may seem great at first since it boosts the traffic of your website by a lot. But eventually, you’ll notice that a lot of people won’t be coming back to your website since they felt like you click baited them by your title or they think that your content is not worth their while.
Blogging is a continuous art that you learn. A single year does not make me an expert on the subject matter so I still constantly research and study the art of blogging. Here are some other tips that I think are great but still have not fully grasped or used.
- Make posts with at least 2000-3000 words (They say that these get shared more – personally, I’m still struggling to achieve this.)
- Post Regularly
- Use infographics for your content
- Tuesday’s a great day to post!
- If you’re going to create a list make sure to stick with the magic number 10
- Don’t be afraid to scrap your posts, or at least set it aside first.
If you’re not progressing in writing something, you should focus first on the things that you’d be interested or motivated in.
So remember again folks, here are the basics of what I’ve learned since creating Anime Athena.
- Great content!
- Proper format
- Profile your audience
- Accept criticisms
- Realize that managing a blog site takes a lot of work.
Try to Google old blog sites, then you’ll realize the internet has a large graveyard of dead blog sites. Try to find a community like WordPress. If you’re into otaku culture or Japan why not join Anime Athena?
I’d like to thank everyone who keeps on
stumbling following articles on Anime Athena. Especially the bloggers who follow me on WordPress, I’ve learned a lot from you guys.
If you’re a blogger too and would like to share your insights or your tips and tricks in managing a blog, feel free to discuss those below. It will definitely help other people create their own blogs in the future.
Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena