Make your commenters feel like the most important people in the world (even if you only have two). Personally respond to their comments. Engage them in conversation. Connect with them on social media channels.They are the most important people to your blog. Make sure they know you know that.
Write as you speak. When you write, make sure you are writing the same way you speak, using your words and your manner of speaking.
Write for one person. To this day I remember what my manager told me when I was a new DJ at a radio station; picture yourself talking to one person, or having a conversation with one person. You want a lot of people to read your blog, but write it as if you were writing for just one person.
Record yourself. Recording yourself talking about the blog topic will help you to write as you speak and can help you avoid writers block. Relax and talk about the topic, then listen back to the recording and write your post!
Allow several days for each post:
Be sure to give yourself several days for each post. It is always best to sleep on a post before publishing. In the morning you have a fresh eye to catch grammar, spelling or even more focused content. Also, extra days give you the time to run the copy by a friend or
eagle eye mentor for edits.
The blogging platform represents a great privilege for those who’ve been doing it for years and for those just beginning on the journey. My best advice for newbies is to write every post with conviction and authenticity. Don’t just write to get something out there. There’s an old cliché that gets bandied about among bloggers that says, “content is king”. Phrases become clichés because they’re borne from truth. While you don’t need to write perfect blog posts each time, you’ve got to write good, high quality posts that reflect the message you want to give to the world. It’s better to write one great post every two weeks than to bang out a mediocre collection of words just so you can say you’ve done your weekly or bi-weekly article for your website. Free your mind of all the clutter. Don’t worry about what others think. Let your words flow like a mighty river and change the world. You can do it.
New bloggers have so many options when it comes to getting the word out. The first step is to figure out who your audience is. Photographers that start a blog will want to feature their work front and center, so integrating with services like Instagram will help to gain followers. People that want to blog about technology should look at doing unboxing videos of products and reach out to companies that have products they want to test. Video blogging has become so necessary today that writing alone is not enough. Follow and engage other top bloggers in your field by retweeting them, repinning their content, write comments on their blogs and ask questions. Next steps would be to visit events in the local area where bloggers meet up. Find blogs that might want to accept a guest blog post to cross promote each other.
Blogging advice? Be yourself! What thrills you? What hobbies or causes can you engage in for hours at time? The subjects you are most passionate about are the things that will help you to generate that same excitement in others. Worry first about discovering and honing your niche and finding others in social media who share your interests. Cultivate relationships via commenting in a meaningful way on other people’s sites. If you find content that is interesting, be generous! Share it on Twitter and Facebook! Be patient; understand that blogging success will not come overnight, enjoy the process and all the great people you’ll come to know along the way.
Answer this question before every blog post: How can I contribute to my readers today? #addvalue
Blogging is a great way to share information. Use this platform to share information that is helpful to your readers. Not only will you help them grow, but you will also show them you truly value their time. In the long run, taking the extra time to create useful and well written content will not just drive traffic to your site, but will also attract loyal readers and subscribers.
Pay attention to trends! What topics are your readers enamored with, raging against or curious about? That’s what you need to blog about. But don’t just repeat what everyone else is saying on the topic and have your voice get lost in the mob — find your own unique angle and write a post that adds to the discussion.
Blogging is hard work, and writing content is only half of the work you need to do to be successful. You have to also promote that content, get active in Social Media, build friendships, and learn to make money. Here are some facts you need to know before you start:
You will NOT make any real money by JUST blogging. It will take time to make REAL money with your blog. You need to work hard every day. Knowing all that, my personal advice to newbie bloggers is to know what you really want to blog about before you start.
Once you have a few ideas, choose the one that you have the most knowledge in. This will first make it easier for you to share quality helpful content and second, make it easier for you to write that quality content on a regular basis for the long term. Knowing the truth up front and having a clear idea of what you want to blog about, will help you enjoy and respect the journey and have you seeing results much faster.
My focus when teaching corporate blogging best practices is that people focus on learning to write for the web, which is likely completely different than any other kind of writing they’re accustomed to. That means learning to write compelling headlines that are under 65 characters, followed by opening paragraphs that incorporate keywords used in the headline and which deliver value, immediately. You’ve got about 8 seconds to get someone’s attention, and if you fail to write a compelling headline and intro, chances are good you’ve lost them. Another pretty critical component of a well-written, well-optimized blog is learning to write optimized, compelling META descriptions that are 160 characters or less. If you master all of these things, you’ll find yourself in good stead when it comes to the writing part of the equation. Then you need to focus on how to distribute your content across the web in the most effective manner. And that, my friends, is a whole different topic!