Archive for the ‘Blogging: How To’ Category
There’s an old maxim that says “Ideas are a dime a dozen.” In sort it means that ideas are worthless without execution, which is what gives them value.
That maxim largely holds true for bloggers, that is, so long as ideas are plentiful.
However, if you blog long enough you’ll likely find that, at some point, you’ll run completely out of ideas and your mind, no matter how hard you force it, isn’t able to create new ones.
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing in a tight niche or about something as broad as things you see in your day-to-day life, at some point inspiration dries up and you’re stuck with a post to write and nothing to write about.
How you respond to this challenge can say a great deal about you, your blog and the potential future of both, especially if it is to last for any length of time.
So how do you deal with this problem? The answer is surprisingly simple. Read More
At the end of the day, the most basic activity a blogger must do is write.
While it is true that bloggers are, with good reason, expending more and more into video and audio, at some point every blogger is going to have to write something. It might be a description, a bio or even just an advertisement but, at some point, a every blogger is going to have to put words onto paper.
But not every writer has the heart of a poet or the writing skills of a hard-hitting journalists. Bloggers come from all different backgrounds and styles and many have had little training or experience with writing prior to starting up their blog.
The good news is that you don’t need to be the next Shakespeare to be an effective and popular blogger, in many ways it helps not to be, but you do have to be able to write clearly and in a way that is engaging to your reader. It may not require a Ph.D in literature, but it does require that you work on honing your craft and make your writing as good as possible.
Failure to do so can sink an otherwise great blog and make your previous hard work a complete waste of time.
Everyone knows what being a blogger entails but fewer people know what creating a successful blog involves. Far too many bloggers have fallen for the false mantra of “If you write it, they will come” only to watch their traffic, readership and even profits lag behind their efforts.
There is much more to writing a blog than just simply putting out new blog entries. Even ignoring promotion, communication and other activities all bloggers do, there is a simple truth that, for the most part, a great blog can not be simply a great blog.
Nearly all great blogs are something else too and it is important to be thinking about that both as you work to develop the idea for your site and as you grow it. Rather than focusing merely on the daily grind, you need to make sure that your readers have other reasons to both first find your site and keep coming back.
After all, blogs are a dime a dozen on the Web, without something more, your site may not be worthless, but it can sure feel that way.
Blog post titles are like little ads that can do three things:
1. Entice people to read more.
2. Encourage people to click away.
3. Lull them to a state of inaction.
If you want your blog to grow and be successful, then you want your blog post titles to achieve #1 in the above list — entice people to read more.Â In other words, your ad should intrigue people enough that they stop what they’re doing in their busy days to keep reading.Â It’s not as easy as it sounds, but if you learn to write great blog post titles, you’ve reached a success milestone that many bloggers aspire to but never attain.
The key to writing great blog post titles is to avoid doing the things in crafting titles that achieve #2 and #3 in the above list — encourage people to click away and lull them to a state of inaction.
With that in mind, following are 3 ways your blog post titles ruin your blog.Â Avoid them at all costs!
1. Ignore keywords.
Search engine algorithms value keywords in blog post titles highly.Â While you don’t want to stuff post titles with keywords or use keywords in titles where they don’t belong, it is important to try to include them when it’s appropriate.Â They can make a difference in sending some extra search traffic to your blog.Â Not only that, but those people who arrive at your blog post via a keyword search are likely to be interested in your post (assuming the post title appropriately used that keyword) and stick around to read more.
2. Trick people.
The classic bait and switch is detested in blog post titles just as much as it is anywhere else.Â Don’t promise people something in your blog post title then deliver something completely unrelated in your post content.Â People won’t fall for that trick a second time.Â In fact, they might spread the word to their friends and online connections.Â That’s a reputation you don’t want to get.
3. Bore people.
Your blog post titles need to capture the attention of people who are quickly clicking through web pages and have little time to spend on anything that doesn’t appear to immediately meet their needs or set off the “Hey, this is cool” bells in their heads.Â A boring blog post title will get looked over, ignored, bypassed, and any other synonym for skipped that you can think of.Â Don’t let readers get away!Â Instead, pique their interest with blog post titles that stop them in their tracks and make them curious.
What do you think are the worst things bloggers can do when writing blog post titles?Â Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
There are many habits and practices that affect our abilities to truly succeed in blogging. For many of our bad habits, we are not aware of them until someone points them out to us or we see others complain about them. Thus it is very important that we are aware of all that we are doing by conducting some critical self analysis.
Truly successful blogging requires the same effort as would any other goal or vision; and many of us are experiencing failure because we allow bad habits to creep in and take over. One of the deadliest habits we could ever allow and become complacent with is procrastination. Continuously putting off those great post, product or serviceÂ ideas for later will inevitably cripple your blogging efforts.
Here are some highly effective tips for defeating this deadly disease to help you experience ultimate blogging success. Read More
For many bloggers, a comment is a very valuable thing, especially for new bloggers who are looking for confirmation that their voices are being heard and visitors are actually engaging their new blog. Its very satisfying when our articles are well received by our audience and we begin to build a vibrant community of dedicated readers.
The truth is that blog comments can provide a greater purpose than just feeding our egos and offers a wealth of information that can help to propel us further on our blogging journey. Blog comments contain clues to the things we may be doing wrong and what our readers really want to see.
Let us take a look at what we can learn from our blog comments. Read More
There willÂ come a day when a comment lands in your moderation queue that you don’t want to publish.Â Of course, it’s your blog, and you have complete control over what you do and do not publish on it.Â However, if you’re trying to develop a popular and successful blog, then simply deleting every comment that offers an opinion which differs from your own is a mistake.
The best blogs allow open conversations and encourage visitors to voice their opinions.Â However, that doesn’t mean your blog should be a free-for-all where anyone can say anything they want and you’ll publish it.Â Instead, you need to use your best judgment to edit or delete comments that detract from the user experience on your blog.
There is just one big problem.Â You don’t want to be accused of controlling the conversation on your blog, and that’s where having a Blog Comment Policy is essential. Read More
Personally, having dedicated readers engage my blog by asking questions, providing feedback and coming back for more are some of the basic goals for my site. User interaction and engagement is a great sign that you are producing content that sparks the interest of visitors and is an excellent indicator for sustainable growth of your blog’s audience.
Among the many different goals bloggers may have, user interaction and engagement should be among the top on your list. Whether your goal is to increase affiliate sales, e-book sales, drive traffic or become a leader in your niche, an inviting and user-friendly blog is key for all these achievements.
Let’s take a look at some of the basics that will capture the interest of all types of readers. Read More
For the first time since his death, I was finally able to sit down and view the last taping of Michael Jacksonâ€™s life via the come-back concert, â€œThis is Itâ€.
I was a big fan, and the thought of this loss was too great to pack the theaters with his â€œgroupiesâ€ when it was first released.
Iâ€™m glad I did.
After viewing this 2-hour film, one thing is for certain.
Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson leaves an indelible mark on pop culture.
He had presence. He inspired millions.
And it was obvious to see in his work that here was a man of passion that enjoyed bringing joy to his fans and followers all over the world.
Todayâ€™s blogger should take note.
In fact, there are many lessons to be learned from his career. Today Iâ€™ll capture the most important ones.
The unenlightened blogger often brags (in his posts) about the number of weekly visitors he receives to his site, as if it were the â€œultimateâ€ qualifier for success. Donâ€™t get me wrong, site traffic is an initial indicator that perhaps weâ€™re at least doing something right in regards to our blogging efforts.
But, it shouldnâ€™t be our end goal, or final destination on the road to success.