Something I enjoy reading, and which I enjoy sharing with other bloggers, are Blogging Tips. I don’t know about you, but ‘Blogging Tips’ always draw me in. Of course, not all blogging tips will work for every blogger, but there are a few simple tips that all bloggers should give a try.
Here are nine simple blogging tips which have helped the Bloggers Bash committee to become better bloggers.
1. Quality always beats quantity
When I first started to blog, I was publishing up to four or five blogs per day. My thinking was the more I published, the more visitors and followers I would get.
As a result, it wasn’t long before I was struggling to find ideas to write about, and the quality of my posts suffered. I soon saw my blog stats suffer as visitor and follower numbers dropped off.
Once I switched to publishing once or twice a week, not only did I have more time to research and write posts, but the quality of my posts improved. The numbers soon came back.
2. Social Media is a Blogger’s Friend
Sharing your blog posts on your social media accounts is a free way to get your blog posts in front of new readers. However, try and not run too many social media accounts at the same time.
Spreading yourself thinly on social media won’t work. Sticking to two or three accounts, you won’t end up either feeling overwhelmed by it all or find yourself with no time to do anything else.
If a particular social media platform does not work for you, don’t be afraid to close your account and try a different one.
If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to add your Twitter user name to your blog. Click here to find out how.
3. Improve your visitor stats: Make sure readers have to visit your blog
Were you aware that readers who get email notifications, informing them that you have published a new blog post, may be able to read your whole post from the email? That’s right; they won’t have to visit your blog (where you may be advertising your books) to read your post or to check out anything else on your blog.
For WordPress users, there is a setting on your blog’s dashboard which you can change to ensure that only part of your blog post is shown in the email.
Click here to find out how to change the setting.
4. Catch your reader’s eye straight away
The title of your blog post is just as important as the subject of your post. After all, it’s the first thing most readers will see. Give your blog post an eye-catching title and visitors are more likely to want to know more and will click the link to the post.
If you’re stuck for a good blog post title, ask yourself what title would make you want to click the link to read the post you’ve just written.
Once you have your title, try inserting it into a headline analyser and see what score it gets. The higher the score, the more likely your blog post title will attract search engines and readers. I use CoSchedule for this.
Click here to try it out for free.
5. Add images to your blog post
Like many other bloggers, I believe that images or photos added to a post make it far more inviting to read.
Blog posts containing images are over 70% more likely to get clicked on and read than those that do not include any images.
Adding images or photos also help break the post up and gives the readers a more comfortable reading experience.
WordPress offers all its users free images, so there’s no excuse not to add any. All the images (apart from Bloggers Bash logo) in this post are free images found through WordPress.
6. Update software and apps
Just as it’s essential to update the antivirus software on your computer, it’s also vital to ensure that you download updates for software and apps issued by your blogging platform provider.
In most cases, you’ll get a reminder to install updates, or they will update automatically. However, don’t forget to check for them if you don’t get reminders. Don’t become somebody who reports a problem to their blogging provider only to get told that you need to install the latest update!
7. Never ignore your audience
Don’t ignore anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on one of your posts. However, most importantly, never ignore anyone who has taken the time to leave a comment on the ‘about me’ page of your blog. Think about it like this. You’ve invited a guest around for coffee and completely ignore them when they arrive. That’s similar to ignoring comments left on your blog.
Treat everyone who visits your blog as a guest and ensure they are made to feel welcomed. After all, with millions of other blogs out there, they can always go elsewhere…can’t they?
When responding to comments always reply in a friendly and professional way and, if possible, address the person who left the comment by their first name. Not only will this come over as you caring about your readers, but you will come over as being a friendly blogger.
8. Join a challenge
There are lots of writing and photography challenges in the world of blogging. Don’t be shy, have a try. Not only will it help you with your writing and/or photography skills, but other participants will come over and read or look at your take on the challenge. It’s a great way to make new friends, have fun, and gain more followers.
9. Make sure visitors know who you are
Ensure you have an ‘about me’ page. Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you. Make sure you do not have an ‘about me’ page that starts by saying ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page’ and contains no information.
Click here to read about setting up an ‘about me’ page and what it should include.
We’d love to know some of the blogging tips you have implemented that have been successful. Tell us about them by leaving us a comment.
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