In this post, we will be talking about some blogging tips to follow, that will help you make your blog, what you want it to be. It is important first to keep your readers happy. A new blogger will find many of these tips quite helpful. There are some things that make a blog a good one. Lets us have a look at the points which a beginner should consider.
Blogging Tips for new bloggers
1. The design of your blog – The design of your blog has to be good. It shouldn’t be messy with many things here and there. A simple and clean one will do the job. Decide if you want a traditional blog-style design or a magazine-style design. see what suits your niche the best and go for it. Use a well readable font. Google web fonts directory offers hundreds of web-safe fonts. You may want to check it out. Also, check out your website in different screen sizes & resolutions.
3. Search button – See to it that your blog has a properly placed “Search” button. Many at times a reader might also want to see whether the content he wants to read is available or not on your blog. He wouldn’t want to go through all your Archives. People are used to seeing the search bar on the top right side on the web page. Placing it conveniently can actually increase your page views.
4. Social Media – This is one of the most essential parts of a blog now. Make sure your blog has a Google+, Twitter, and a Facebook page. Post-it’s icons and links in your sidebar. Add a subscribe to RSS Feed and E-letter button too on your blog at such a place where it easily gets noticed. This will get you regular readers and in turn, be beneficial for you. Add Share buttons site-wide.
5. Blog posts – While there may not be any written rule, try to make your blog posts of at least 300 words or above. Format them properly in paragraphs with a paragraph having not more than 5-6 lines. Use bold or italics to highlight some words or terms. Use an H2 or an H3 tag in the post for the headings or sub-headings. This makes for easy readability. These WordPress tricks are sure to help you blog efficiently.
6. Keywords – Include search engine friendly keywords in your post. This will get you web traffic from search engines. Also, use the post title as a headline to attract the interest of your readers. The page titles should be search-friendly. Each post should have a title that will attract attention but at the same time, also be relevant to the post. The easiest way is to use good keywords is to use the drop-down suggestions from the Google.com search bar.
7. Focus on the topic – It might happen at times that you want to write something, and you end up writing something else. When you write a post, always define your topic boldly and make sure you stick to it. By doing so, you will have loyal readers who will love reading your posts. Font ramble in the first paragraph. I prefer to directly write about the post summary in the first para.
8. Keep updating your blog – Whenever possible, try to update your blog. If you can do it daily – great! If not, then at least do it once a week. Search Engines will regularly update your posts by sending robots and spiders to your blog. If you publish new posts, you can assure that they will quickly get indexed.
9. Images – Make sure your blog post has at least an image in it. This breaks the monotony and keeps the readers glued to your post and makes it interesting. If your post is just a collection of hundreds of words, you are likely to lose visitors from your blog. Optimizing the size of the images also helps in reducing the load time of the post. Name the image with the keyphrase. Also, remember to give them an Alternative text and Image Title attribute.
10. Focus on Content first and later on, on the art & science of blogging – Many new bloggers I have noticed, make one mistake. They focus more on HOW TO blog rather than WHAT TO blog. I suggest you find good topics and blog consistently for maybe six months to a year. Once you are settled in, then you can start looking at questions like how to increase page views, how to decrease bounce rate, how to increase RSS Feed Subscribers, how to increase blog comments, how to improve Alexa ranking, how to do this or how to do that.
11. Old is not Gold in Blogging – Always write something that’s new. Don’t write content that is old. Old content is what people are already aware of. If your traffic is from search engines, then you won’t get any traffic by writing old content as there won’t be anyone searching for that stuff. If you have good subscribers, then this is the worst thing as you might lose them.
12. Blog Indexing – Once your blog is up and running, submit it to search engines. Submit your blog to various search engines and a few directories if you wish. Get your new blog or website indexed quickly by search engines. Have a look at freeware Website Link Submitter.
13. Monetization – Once your blog is 6 months to one year old, then you can start thinking of monetizing it. Apart from signing with Google AdSense or some Google AdSense alternative programs, you can also consider selling some products by signing up for Affiliate programs, or Paid Reviews – if you wish. While placing ads above the fold is a good way to improve ad performance and make more money, you must also take care to ensure that your readers can easily find the content they are looking for. Read this post on new Panda-friendly Google AdSense layouts for your blog. If you have just signed up for AdSense and your ads are not showing even after 48 hours, you may want to use the Google AdSense Troubleshooter. Later on, if you wish, you can also maximize AdSense revenue by implementing section targeting.
14. Search Engine Optimization – When you have 100 or so posts under your belt, you may want to shift a part of your focus from generating the content, to the art and science of blogging. Always keep in touch with the latest Google Search Engine Ranking Factors. Follow some basic SEO Tips to get better Search Engine Ranking, use a good WordPress SEO plugin like Yoast’s, read Google’s very own Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, and you are good to go. Once you are set in, focus on increasing organic search engine traffic – this is the one that actually pays!
15. Blog Security – Once your blog starts becoming popular, it may get targeted. You may then want to think of hardening the security of your WordPress site. If ever you find that someone is copying your content, this post will help you deal with Plagiarism and Online Content Theft.
16. Hosting – Sign-up with a good host. Check this if you are looking for free Web Hosting sites.
Blog with Passion. Blog with Conviction. And blog consistently. Don’t blog to make money, blog to build a reputation. Money will follow…and so will traffic and satisfaction!
Don’t waste your time reading those ‘Learn how to make quick money‘, ‘I will show you how to make $100000 in a month‘ or ‘I will show you how to exponentially increase your organic traffic in 1 month‘ kind of blogs. They may or may not be making that kind of money, but if they are, they may actually be making such money by selling you ‘hope’ or eBooks on ‘How to make money’.
What would be interesting to know, is that if they weren’t selling such material, would they still be making such money? It would also be, actually interesting to find out HOW MANY who read such blogs or buy such eBooks actually end up making even 10% of his figure! You see, most such sites make money, by telling you, how to make money – in short by selling you ‘Hope’!
Blogging for Money, over Passion could lead you to failure!
Many also waste time looking at their traffic stats and earnings every day. Don’t waste too much of your time looking for SEO shortcuts to get quick traffic, Google PageRank or Alexa ranking. Focus on content, blog consistently, use good English and don’t give up. It will be just a matter of time before your blog starts getting good traffic, and you could well end up earning even a 5-figure USD income every day!
Remember, every blogger has his day…it’s just a matter of time!
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