Learn To Start A Blog – Six Tips For A New Blogger
Blogging is a rewarding, exciting, and fun experience. It is a chance to put your ideas and advice out in the world. While jumping in head first may seem like a great idea, it is better to think through several factors prior to starting your blog.
1. Content is King.
The internet can sometimes feel like a vast desert of mediocre information. Don’t add to the sand pile. Instead, be the long-sought oasis.
Make sure you offer relevant information that your readers will use. Is your blog offering insights people talk to their friends about over dinner? Or, is it something that goes in one ear and out the other?
The best way to bring people to your blog is to offer quality information. Even if you only publish once a week, people will keep coming back if they trust and love what you put out.
Don’t be fake. Your writing should reflect the way you speak and perceive the world. You are passionate about something enough to start a blog. Let your passion shine through and stay conversational in tone.
Keep in mind, most people don’t read everything. People scan. In order to keep your readers engaged, put the best information at the top and make sure the first paragraphs of your paragraphs are the most interesting. Use headlines to break up long texts.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so develop a strategy for using visual content in your blog. Your visuals should add to your story, not detract. Use photographs and graphics to break up text. If your reader sees endless paragraphs, they may not even start reading.
People will also be turned off if you start selling your product. Your blog is a place to promote your brand and engage your customer base. It is the place to give your customers helpful information about your industry, share how your business is changing the world, and give readers information they never knew.
For more information on creating quality content have a look at this training here.
2. Don’t Steal.
Avoid plagiarism like the plague. Plagiarism is taking another person’s work and claiming it as your own.
This doesn’t mean you can’t share other people’s ideas, but it does mean you need to credit them. Site your sources and link to other people’s articles and blogs. Linking to other verified, quality online sources will help with your SEO
Share the love. As you start connecting and engaging with others in similar areas of expertise, they’ll share the love as well. This will also help your SEO.
3. Keep it Simple.
When you go to design your blog, make it easy for your readers to visit. The more the design of your page is streamlined, the more professional it will look.
The more clutter you add to your page, the longer it will take to load. This isn’t good. People won’t even stick around your site long enough to engage with your content if the content isn’t loading.
Readers don’t want to guess what is important. Use the design of your blog to show them what is important.
Use a light background with a dark font. Again, this goes back to keeping it simple. It is harder for people to read a light text on a dark background.
4. Your Blog is a Place to Engage.
You want to visit with people who are excited about your blog. You can’t do this if they don’t have a way to engage. Ask a question at the end of your blog posts to generate conversation in the comments.
Turn on the commenting function of your blog and interact with those who take the time to share their opinion. Even if people are critical, they are still visiting your blog and thinking about what you have to say. A positive interaction with nay-sayers sometimes goes a long way in turning them into passionate brand advocates.
Make it easy for people to share your blog posts via social media. Most blogs have social share features built into their design. Using this tool allows the friends of your friends to engage with your blog.
5. Edit, Edit and Edit Again.
Not much needs said here. Poor grammar, spelling, and structure will stop a reader dead in their tracks.
Even if your ideas are great, a reader won’t stick around. Take the time to put away your posts and read them another day.
Also, use editing features offered by your word processing software.
6. Be a Woman or Man with a Plan.
Professionals plan. If you want your blog to be taken seriously, you will plan as well. After all, you are a professional!
Planning serves two purposes:
First, you can prepare content ahead of time. If your content is ready to go, you can spend some time scheduling posts to automatically publish. This allows you a more flexible schedule. A plan won’t leave you scrambling at the last minute for new ideas.
Secondly, it will give you an opportunity to promote themes and keep your content fresh. By planning, you’ll know how often you should be posting new content based on the topics you have in mind. Ideally, you should be posting on your blog one to three times a week.
Starting your own blog should be exciting and interesting.
Don’t get bogged down in problems and strategies. Always ask for help from your support network. My support network is at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you don’t have a support network yet, why not drop me a line in the box below and I’ll be happy to help you out.
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