8 Guidelines to Effective Blogging
Find below a rundown of 8 helpful tips to help you improve on your blogging skills, focus content on your posts and bring more readers to your weblog.
#1 Write with a purpose. What is the point of publishing posts in your blog without the set up of clear cut objectives? You are blogging because you want to achieve something ‘virtually’ for the long term. Many would blog with the intent of earning passive income. Consultants network with clients or experts in their field through blogging while for online retailers, the blog is an extension of their website. For whatever drives you to blog, be sure that your objectives are properly laid out since day one.
#2 Write within your Niche. Your blog should be identified under a particular niche or field of interest; across a theme that interests you the most. So focus your posts on a central theme. While it won’t hurt to feature product reviews and commentaries on your blog; if its a sports blog, then majority of your posts should cover this subject. A well-positioned blog will merit regular traffic from readers and movers of a particular niche in no time.
#3 Write for an Audience, Not for Yourself. Many bloggers often treat their blog pages as if it were an online diary. Well, by all means don’t – unless you’re a famous personality and the mere mention of your name would pique the interest of at least a hundred readers. If you want traffic for your blog, publish posts that would be of interest not only to you or your peers but also to offshore web users.
#4 Develop a Trademark. It pays to establish a reputation on the World Wide Web. You can do that by writing around a niche while adhering to a writing style of your preference. Either produce well written content that’s packed with useful information or why not be a tipster and release top 100 tips or how to do articles for that matter. Blogging likewise involves branding. Once you’ve established your brand (which happens to be you) over a few keywords and content, then you’re bound to get regular traffic from web users or a following from loyal subscribers.
#5 Use Popularly Searched Terms. As much as possible, do keyword research before composing your post. Once you have an interesting topic in mind, simply skim free keyword research tools such as Google AdWords and list a few popularly searched terms or phrases. Skillfully integrate your selected keywords a few times (4 to 6 times) over the body of the post. This increases your chances of being searched by search engines and discovered by readers eventually.
#6 Be Concise. Limit the word count of your composition from between 400 to as much as 600 words. Keep the text short and simple. Your readers don’t have all the time (or energy) to digest a lengthy composition and might just skip paragraphs if the entire post is too long.
#7 Get the Word Out. Don’t just keep your post to yourself. Get your post bookmarked or deliver it via RSS feeds. It would also be good to have a few readers subscribed to your blog.
#8 Network with Other Bloggers. Link building can help bring traffic to your weblog, particularly if you’ve become well-established web writer in your niche and other bloggers are referencing you already. So make it a point to connect with other bloggers by way of blog directories, social networking and by commenting on other blogs.