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5 Tips To Successful Blogging
Source: Open Talk Magazine 10/12/2010 19:08:00
So you started your own little space on the web, but other than a few random hits, nobody even knows your blog exists. There’s no need to get upset; with a little bit of help you’ll soon be generating the right kind of traffic to your blog.
Blogging has been in the limelight for quite some time now. Besides organizations and brands that choose to blog about upcoming products or other happenings; blogging has become a whole new cool way to let people know you exist. Writing about an experience you had, a favorite memory, your opinion about something or even just randomly scribbling may seem like the easiest thing there is to do, but it’s a lot more complex than that.
It’s important to keep churning out articles or pieces about things that people can connect with and to stay fresh and in tune with what’s happening around you. That’s why maintaining a blog requires ample time and dedication on your part. There’s a reason why bloggers like Perez Hilton have such a huge fan following- they know how to keep their readers coming back for more!
Quality is key
Think about what you want your blog to be about. The heart of your blog should be one you are keen on, or else you won’t feel like spending time to maintain your blog after a few weeks. Remember to choose a snazzy unique title for your blog as well. While it’s alright to visit popular blogs to get a feel of what they’re about, don’t try copying them. Search engines have a specific set of algorithms which rejects duplicated material. In all possibility, your blog may feature way down a search list if the content is not original.
Make the time
Nobody wants to read a blog that is updated once every six months. If you want to be read and build decent traffic, make the time to write. There’s no harm in changing the look of your blog page every few months or in making other additions. If you can afford it, make your blog stand out with a custom made design template. It adds a unique touch to your blog besides making it eye catching.
Spread the word
The first people to inform are your friends, family and colleagues. Submit your blog to good quality blog directories which are certain to get you attention. Add your blog URL link to your email signature to increase the chance of web traffic to your blog. Use social networking websites to give your blog some publicity. You could even comment on other people’s blogs and leave a link directing other readers to your blog. The higher the visibility of your blog, the more readers you will get in return.
Interact with readers
Don’t ignore the people who spend time to read what you write. If you can, reply personally to each comment and feedback because a personal reply creates a personal connection and in turn a dedicated follower. Make your blog interactive by hosting contests (give the winner a small prize), polls, add a chat facility or have a message board. You can be sure that even the smallest bit of interaction will get more readers to your blog.
Little Internet tricks
A few Search Engine Optimization tactics such as using appropriate keywords, tags, unique title tags, sub headings, pictures etc can significantly amp up your rankings in a search engine. With an RSS feed, your readers will be informed whenever there is an update or new post to your blog.
Websites like networkedblogs.com have applications which can be installed in a social networking profile such as Facebook. It automatically pulls posts from your blog and lets your friends know when you have written a new post. Also, explore the numerous possibilities of placing ads on your blog page as this will help generate traffic and earn you a tidy income on the side as well.
Blogging can be a fun and rewarding experience. By using the steps mentioned, you will be well on your way to creating a presence on the internet that will last a life time. As with anything worth having, work will be required, but will pay-off in the long run. Good Blogging!