How Social Media Catapulted My Blogging Career To The Next Level

“Don’t you want to think twice about this?”

That was the question people threw at me when I handed in my resignation letter 6 months ago. Meet the small-town girl with big dreams – Wong Ching Ya, a social media enthusiast and freelancer of logo/header designs.

My experience in blogging isn’t too long but I have a major thrill utilizing social media as my networking and publicity tool. Now I am happily engaged in some writing offers and landed a couple of interviews as well. Let’s see how it all started:

1. Forum Participation – Quality Outbeats Quantity

I started blogging since August, 2008 owning 2 sites, both for entertainment purposes. I was active in joining forums that I had more than 10 memberships at one time. Later I noticed it’s best to focus and really participate in those I find helpful in my blogging career. No doubt, forum is a great place to build trust and friendship. BloggerTalk founder, Rose DesRochers was kind enough to promote me as the moderator due to my contribution in her forum. I met some nice people there and had fun helping out as much as I could. Authority Blogger Forum owned by Chris Garrett was the one that helped to initiate the idea in transforming my personal site into a niche one. After deliberate consideration for long term goals, I started fresh with a new blog name in February, 2009 – Social @ Blogging Tracker.

2. Start New Niche Post with A Bang!

I need a fresh new start! Something to capture people’s attention and to prove that I’m up for the challenge. It’s not easy to be unique so I tried to come up with a different way to present my post. I spent a lot of time adjusting the chart when finally it was ready to be published: Killer Twitter Apps to Expand Your Twitter Network.

Twitter was a hit topic then so with an immediate effect, this click-able chart received a lot of feedback, especially from my blogger friends. They are generous enough to share this post around and I was deeply encouraged by the results.

3. New Strategy – Authority Blogging with Quality Content

From that point on, I decided to go for quality posting instead of quantity. I keep a minimum posting of 1-2 times weekly, concentrating more on research and discovering ideas to solve social networking problems. At the same time, I was hoping to encourage comments from readers so I can either have a sequel or new ideas for coming posts. Here’s an example of how I responded to a reader’s request by 13 Facebook Applications to Promote Your Blog, which was surprisingly well received on Blogengage, Stumbleupon and Twitter.

4. Guest Posting on Popular Sites to Reach Wider Audiences

I must admit it was a little intimidating to think about guest posting at first. However, I knew I needed to overcome this barrier in order to move towards authority blogging. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to reach out to Mintblogger and Dailyblogtips, both are prestigious sites that are within the same niche as mine. Great experiences and I must say, to be able to post on the sites you respected is simply wonderful! It was the same period of time when I started to gain new readers and subscribers.

5. New Ventures via Quality Comments & Blog Visits

I take commenting very seriously. Visiting to 3-5 new blogs daily earned me a connection with founder of Rotorblog, Maris. He was kind enough to offer me an opportunity to guest post on his informative site and I was more than happy to do it. Later I decided to be a regular poster for him that my second post had a massive support from his readers, especially on Twitter. All these wouldn’t happen if I didn’t comment on his site in the first place.

6. Transforming Your Passion Into Career

Apart from writing, I’m a huge graphic fanatic! I had my first job of logo/header design in August for Miscbytes. The client is kind enough to share it with others in her post and social network, which caused me to think about making this passion of mine a career as well. Recently I offered a header tweaking to a friend that eventually he bought me coffee for it! It feels fantastic when I can earn by doing what I love. For the same passionate reason, I customized 90% of the graphics used on my posts. Some said I’m crazy for spending hours on them! I have to admit I am – it’s my way to personalize my posts while evoke creativity at the same time.

7. To Receive and Give Back on Social Media Sites

I owed what I have today to social media sites. Now I reward my readers with acknowledgements to their sites in my Facebook Fan Page. Twitter and StumbleUpon are my most favorite sharing tools as I had fantastic traffic influx experience from them. To give back doesn’t make you any smaller but in fact, generate good network with your readers. They worth my appreciation for their constant support and I seriously believe generosity is here to stay for all bloggers.

There you have it…

Currently I’m on the process of writing 4 more guest posts, 2 awaiting interviews and a request from a company to review their current social media strategy. I blog and living the proof on how social media catapulted my blogging career to the next level. The power it possesses is way beyond imaginable. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be heading next.

Otherwise, how do you think I made it to Maxblogpress in the first place?



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44 Responses to “How Social Media Catapulted My Blogging Career To The Next Level”

  1. Alex 17. Jan, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    WOW, an inspiring post to help us all make the most of 2010 and some great resources I had not heard of.

    • Ching Ya 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:15 am #

      Thank you Alex for commenting. It’s a great experience and I wish you all the best in your blogging career as well in the new year.

      @wchingya
      Social/Blogging Tracker

  2. Latief@AnotherBlogger 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    I met Ching Ya on Famous Bloggers and now we are friend on Facebook. This article really impress and inspiring me for a lots of thing for my blogging journey.
    Thank for this article.

    • Ching Ya 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:18 am #

      Latief,
      Thank you for supporting this article. It’s a pleasure to meet you on Facebook as well. Continue to strive and I’m sure you’ll achieve greater success in blogging surely. Best wishes! ^^

      @wchingya
      Social/Blogging Tracker

  3. PBScott 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks for this helpful post.

    I have started to use social media but am still getting the hang of it.

    • Ching Ya 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:41 am #

      Scott,
      No problem. Take your time and try them out. :) Locate which media can benefit you the most and go for it! Include them in your goal-settings and I’m sure it’ll make a difference in your career. All the best! Thanks for liking the post.

  4. Dana @ Blogging Update 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks for sharing your way, i surely learn a lot of it. I am in my way to reach more readers by try guest posting, and this article give me more fuel to do it.

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 2:40 am #

      That’s great, Dana. Great to hear that. I wish you great success and reap the rewards from your hard work. Happy blogging!:)

  5. katlupe 17. Jan, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you Ching Ya for this article. It, and your links have given me some direction to research with my blogs. I have always been a forum poster on several forums now I see I can use them as well for my blogs. I will be checking your blog from now on.

    katlupe

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 2:51 am #

      Thank you Katlupe. I’m glad the post can be a source for you to work according to your goals. Best wishes in your future undertakings.

  6. New York Herald 17. Jan, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Great tips and insight, congratulations. And thanks Maxblogpress for focusing on quality content, will be back!

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 2:55 am #

      Thanks for visiting and I appreciate you like the post.

  7. Jessy Troy 17. Jan, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Guest posting has been my biggest success I must say. Last week I also discovered this forum for people who are into guest blogging: http://myblogguest.com/

    Hopefully it will help you grow.

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 2:56 am #

      Hi Jessy, thank you for sharing the link with us. Also, it’s great to see another example of how guest blogging can help bloggers.

  8. Roseli A. Bakar 17. Jan, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Great tips here Ching Ya.

    Wish you all the best for the future :)

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 3:00 am #

      Thank you, Roseli. Great seeing you here. :) Wish the same for your career as well.

  9. FreebieStylePro 17. Jan, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Very helpful information, thank you for showing the steps that work and the ones that really are not so helpful. This is great information for those starting out and can save them some very valuable time.

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 3:11 am #

      FreebieStylePro,
      Appreciate you find the post helpful. Here’s to a successful year ahead for you in 2010!

  10. Bill Morgan 17. Jan, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you so much for that.
    I find this part to be so time consuming (going to other blogs, researching other blogs, guest blogging) but on the otherhand, here I sit in my own little world blogging. No wonder.

    Thanks for the great tips and inspiration.

    Since I work for a living in sales, I network and market all the time. No reason I can’t do the same for my blog.

    Bill Morgan
    The Job Swami Career Advice Site

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 4:30 am #

      Bill, exactly. I realized that no matter which field we’re in, we need to promote and market our products (in this case, our branding/blogs). :-) Wish you best in blogging!

  11. Inside the Webb 17. Jan, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Really great article dude! I have found social media to be amazing for my blog, brought me tons and tons of traffic and repeat visitors like you wouldn’t believe!

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 4:48 am #

      Inside The Webb, thank you and I’m so glad you agree on this.

  12. Wale Olasoji 18. Jan, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you for your post Ching Ya. It’s quite educative. Quality ways to drive traffic. Thanks.

    Wale Olasoji
    Preacher, Blogger, Inspirational Speaker.

    • Ching Ya 18. Jan, 2010 at 4:50 am #

      Wale, thank you for liking the post. Indeed, quality is a good way to ensure consistent traffic. Wish you the best in blogging!

  13. Christie 18. Jan, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Congratulations Ching Ya! So many of us only dream of making blogging our career, and this is SO encouraging. You really made the change so quickly! Each of your posts takes so much time and is so full of those custom graphics and great research – you definitely have earned this!

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you so much dear Christie, I wouldn’t have done it if not because of having good blogger friends like you. :) Appreciate your support always!

  14. Rose 18. Jan, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    You really are an inspiration. I have seen you grow your blog into something successful.

    I want to thank you for all your help & Blogger Talk. It is greatly appreciated.

    Rose

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Rose, I should be the one who’s thanking you for the hospitality you’ve given me while I first joined BloggerTalk. Thank you for believe in me as a moderator. It means so much! :)

  15. Michael Aulia 18. Jan, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Only knew you for a short while but I could already see your passion in writing and also connecting to people. Great post – stumbling now :)

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you Michael, it means a lot and the feeling is mutual. I have great faith that it’s your year in 2010! Best wishes!

  16. Adam Gray 19. Jan, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Blogging, and building a social media presence is a fast paced world, and helping others with your experiences is both educational and generous.

    An inspiration to us all.

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you Adam, I’m thankful to your kind, encouraging comment. :)

  17. John 19. Jan, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I love this post thank you for taking the time to share it with us. I’m in the beginning stages of my own blogging. Sitting here trying to think of a .com I want and really where to take my blog & If to have multiple ones. You’ve provided a valuable list of tips for me to take note of, thanks!

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Thank you John for commenting. I know how it feels. :) it seems like yesterday I just started blogging and everything is so new and exciting! Do try to decide your niche and setup your goals. Knowing where you’re heading will help you answer those questions. :) I believe passion plays a big role therefore continue to learn while have fun in the process.

  18. Are Morch 19. Jan, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Well, Ching Ya.. I just have to admit it.. You Rock!

    It’s like you sat down and not only said ’2010 is going to my year’, but you are really showing it to us all.

    I’m just impressed.

    I know you will achieve whatever you set yourself up for in 2010. Watch up I’m coming right behind ya..

    Oh, by the way this is an article that should be read by anyone that want to reach behind their own limits in 2010. Trust me I will be watching you.

    Keep up this great work Ching Ya..

    Cheers.. Are

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 11:05 am #

      Are, thank you so much my friend, this means a lot. :-) I believe we all learn a lot from ABF, also from one another’s experiences. I wouldn’t be having the chance to be here if not because of everyone I’ve encountered, blogs I’ve read, supports I received. It’s more like people are blessing me with what they have and I’m just grateful to be a part of it. You will do well in 2010, I’m sure because you have what it takes to be a successful blogger. Best wishes! :-)

  19. John Sullivan 20. Jan, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Well your blowing it up :) With anything in life you get back what you put into it but PLEASE slow down and let us catch up LOL :)
    Excellent work on all your projects you should be proud :)
    stumbled

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 11:47 am #

      John, I’m so happy to meet you. You are always full of energy and can’t thank you enough for your kind gestures. I’m proud to have met all the wonderful, giving bloggers so I’ll say I’m just lucky to be one of the people you all blessed. :) Thanks so much!

  20. Ramkumar 20. Jan, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    Im going to try them all this time, Im actually a bit sad over my low RSS subscribe rate, I think i can bring them up if I follow you guidelines. Thanks for the share and keep rocking :)

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 11:49 am #

      Ramkumar, you will make it, surely. You have great ideas for your blog so I’ll be anticipating your success in 2010. Keep up the good work!

  21. Hesham 20. Jan, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Wow! very good post Ching Ya,

    I like Chris Garrett’s work, I remember that he was one of the first members in our Famous Bloggers Club :)

    Good luck on your long list of interviews and reviews and guest post ;) just let us know to enjoy the read. you rock!

    • Ching Ya 20. Jan, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      Thank you Hesham, you are arising fast as the next social media ‘tycoon’ to me as you’ve created so many platforms for bloggers to attend and get acknowledged. :) Hopefully I manage to keep up with them somehow. Thank you for your support all these whiles. Appreciate it!

  22. social network design 21. Jan, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    You are really an inspiration, thank you posting this.

    • Ching Ya 21. Jan, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

      Appreciate your comment and thank you for visiting. :)

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