Over the past few years, I’ ve learnt a thing or 10 about blogging.
You can start blogging for free at www.WordPress.com. I recommend using WordPress because it’s free, easy to use and very popular.
Some of these 10 lessons may be useful for you even if you are not a blogger. You can probably apply them to many other areas in life such as your business on websites than a blog.
1. Product Value
You can’t start a blog without having a topic to begin with. Plan your way though how you will post and what you will post about. Its no good saying you will post about Houses For Sale then start posting about Clocks or something else .A good introductory welcome post is always a good start – explain what your blog is about and what you will aim to deliver.
You should post about things that will interest your reader. The more value your blog has, the more likely the reader is to favourite your blog, link it to friends and opt in to recieve email notifications.
But how do you know what to post about?
Well, put yourself in the shoes of the reader. What would you want to know from that specific post? What would interest you? Should the post be short and to-the-point or just an indepth post of the subject? There is no telling how long to make your posts – just make them as long as you like, but include some pictures to keep the reader’s attention! The more value your posts have, the more likely your blog will be popular.
2. Market your blog
When you first start your blog, only you and perhaps your friends and family will know about it. You need to market it well. How do you do that?
Marketing blogs on the internet is easier than it sounds. Perhaps ‘marketing’ is the wrong word; so think of it as ‘sharing’. I found that commenting on other blogs and leaving a kind link to my blog was perfect. Another way you can attract visitors is to Tag your posts well. If you write about an animal, tag your posts with word such as “Dog, Animal, Cat” etc. Your posts may show up in search results. You could also share your blog posts onto Facebook and twitter. These social websites let you include tags in them too, so make the most of them!
You may also want to get started by doing a minimum of 10 posts for example, then promoting your blog.
3. Learn from experienced bloggers
This is a key to having a good blog. Other bloggers may be more succesful than you and may be able to help. You may not always know the skills to blog. By asking people for help, you might be more successful than the person that helped you Before I started my first blog, I didn’t know a THING about blogging. I came across it randomly through a search result and I’ve sort of taught myself how to use it
4. Have patience
You shouldn’t give up if you havn’t had ‘hits’ or visitors in a while. There are hundreds of blogs sharing the same content as you each day. Try and make your posts attrative and detailed and people will surely leave comments and feedback.
You may have seen slogans on the TV, Radio, and billboards. Slogans are key element to a blog. They stick into the readers head in the hope they will return again. Make your slogan catchy and unique. You can visit a website called ‘Sloganizer’ to help you create your own slogan! Click here to visit Sloganizer
6. Format your posts
Just dumping text onto a blank page isn’t going to be good. Try using subheadings to organise your posts. It makes your posts reliable and easier to read. If the reader sees that you write well, they are more likely to return to read more good stuff.
Use images and other content which is related to the posts and write clearly, no matter who your target audience is – but don’t write too posh or you’ll only get visits from the Royal family
7. Don’t think about what others think about your blog.
After your first wave of visitors arrive, you may get some negative feedback as comments. It’s your blog and you can post about what you want, how you want and when you want. Don’t let anyone hold you back from your passion. If someone leaves a comment you dont like, you don’t have to approve it, you can simply delete it and move on.
8. Have a break. Have a KitKat..
If you stop blogging for a few days, people won’t stop coming. Comments may be left each day. Take a break if you want to because it gives you chance to breathe and lets you gather some ideas for your next post or two.
9. Post in the future - at present
In WordPress you can set the date and time for a post to appear on your blog. So if you are going on a vacation for a week you can write a few posts and then spread the posts out over the week. They will automatically be posted at the set date.
10. Have fun.
Most importantly, Have Fun. You will find new ways to post, and new topics to cover all the time.
Hope I helped.