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8 Successful Blogging Tips for Beginners
There are many people out there who aspire to become great bloggers. Most of them don’t even know where to start and how to go about it. Some of them give up just after two to three blog posts. Some of them start writing and then quit midway. And some people actually become successful in writing great blogs. Here are some simple and yet successful blogging tips you can follow to become a successful blogger.
Successful blogging requires a lot of patience and using certain techniques. The more you blog and learn, the better you get at blogging and more successful you become. Though there are advanced tips and tricks, I will limit my hub with simple and yet powerful techniques for you to become successful. Some of these tips come from my own experience.
1) First impression is the last impression
As it is always said, the first impression is usually the lasting impression. So, how do you create the first impression? Choose a popular and good blogging platform such as Google blogger or Word press. These are the two most popular platforms. You can also choose other platforms according to your requirement. Choose an appropriate template/theme for your blog. The template should be appropriate to the kind of blog you write and appealing to the public. Who would like to read a blog on science and technology with a couple sharing a red rose in the background?
Choose a niche topic and create the blog according to that. If you have more than two or three topics of interests, create separate blogs for them. Never mix science and technology with the art of love making.
2) Write quality content
Quality content involves a lot of things. It starts from choosing the right title to the quality of the topic itself. Create a title that attracts readers. You need not have extraordinary creativity. Just put yourself in the reader’s shoes and see what kind of title may attract you. Make sure that your writing makes sense to the reader. You may be putting out your thoughts, but unless you plan to make it a private diary, you may want to avoid phone texting language, because people are actually reading the blog content.
Make your writing legible. Make sure that your material is broken down into sufficient paragraphs. Include appropriate images/videos in your blog post. Keep grammatical mistakes to the minimum. You may not be a grammar Nazi, but people tend to get distracted by too many grammatical errors.
3) Reply to comments
This may look trivial, but it is important. If someone has commented on your blog, it means that the person has actually taken time to read it. The least you can do is to appreciate them for that. A comment may be a compliment, a criticism, a suggestion or even a question. Replying to these comments gives the readers an impression that you are serious about blogging. Some comments may also help you improve your blogging style. From my personal experience, I found that my writing style evolved and improved over time with more comments on my blogs. My readership also went up due to my replies to the comments. And who knows? You may just become more popular.
4) Be visible on social media
This is an extremely important aspect of becoming a successful blogger. Again, as I said earlier, unless you want your blog to be a private diary, you may want to be visible on social platforms. This is where you get maximum traffic to your blogs. You tend to become easily visible on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and certain other platforms. You can run a Google search and check out some of the most popular social media platforms.
Use the groups and forums available on these platforms to the best, so that you can drive more traffic to your blog.
5) Be regular
This is another successful blogging tip I am giving. You may be a fabulous writer. However, if you want to be popular among people and if you want people to recognize and remember you, you need to be up-to-date with your blogging. Choose one or two days in a week when you plan to update your blog. And always stick to this schedule. People who are regular to your blogs expect the next blog post to be available on that day. I usually write on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Pick your days of blog writing and stick to it. Avoid updating your blogs on weekends as much as possible, as most people tend to take a break from the internet. Trust me, I know it!!
6) Use key words
This is a small, yet powerful SEO (Search Engine Optimization) technique to drive more traffic. The first thing people do to search something on the internet is to type keywords on Google search. Employ these keywords in your blog appropriately. The more keywords you include in your blog, the more your blog becomes visible to the public. However, make sure that you have not used the keywords unnecessarily or inappropriately. This can actually lower the quality of your blog instead of improving it. Big daddy (Google) too doesn’t like it. It will ruthlessly push your blog down in the search results, making it invisible to the users. Now, you don’t want that, do you?
7) Build valuable links
There are many ways of building valuable links. You can comment on other blogs with similar themes and include a link to your blog as your signature. You can include your blog URL in your email signatures. You can also submit your blogs to blog directories. The more incoming links to your blogs, better the chances of your blog getting ranked higher on the search engines.
However, all links may not be “valuable”. If your blog is getting mentioned by popular blogs and blogs that are considered authoritative in the relevant area, that is a really valuable link. For example, if your blog is on health and fitness, and is mentioned by livestrong.com, that is a really valuable lead.
8) Use analytics
With all these techniques used, you are guaranteed to become more popular. But, how do you know exactly where your traffic is coming from, or how many people are reading your blog on a regular basis? Or how do you know, what topics are gaining more attention? You won’t be able to improve the odds of your blog becoming more popular than some others, unless you have some way of analyzing the data. Employing some kind of analytics makes life lot better. And the simplest tool to use is Google Analytics. All it requires you to do is have a Google account and follow simple instructions. You can easily set up analytics to analyze various data pertaining to the traffic your blog is driving.
Use these simple and successful blogging tips to become a popular blogger. More importantly, have patience and continue putting in efforts.