I don’t know about you, but one of the things I do to become a better blogger and get inspiration is look for tips from other bloggers I trust and respect. Recently, I got in touch with 30 of my blogging friends and had each of them submit a unique blogging tip. The result is what I believe to be an excellent resource that bloggers of all stripes can really benefit from.
Check out these 30 tips from 30 bloggers, and add your best tip by leaving a comment!
1. Michael Abehsera, Eeden Labs:
Focus On Value Not Money. I think the biggest mistake amateur bloggers make is that they launch a blog in order to make money from the blog. Blogging’s main purpose is to show your creativity and new perspective on your industry or what you’re trying to promote. The goal should only be 2 things 1. building value to your readers by writing great content and 2. Seeing your blog as a new form of communication to help you communicate with your customers better. The More remarkable, creative, and Value you provide to your users the more traffic you will get which in turn could bring in new customers to your core business.
2. Ann Smarty, My Blog Guest:
The only way I use to promote any of my blogs is guest posting: both accepting guest contributions and writing as a guest author for others. A guest post published at an established blog and linking to my site gives me visibility and exposure to highly targeted audience: people who like my article are most likely to visit my site and get engaged (comment, subscribe, etc). Besides, this gives me a full control over the anchor text: as I can link from within my bio most often with the keyword text of my choice). Accepting guest posts allows me to keep my blog active and varied in terms of content, topics, styles, etc. Yes, I am picky when it comes to the quality of the guest post but I pay back by promoting the guest post as much as I can (and thus offer my guest author more exposure).
3. Gerald Weber, SEM Group:
Guest post, Guest post and then Guest post some more. This is the best way to expose yourself to a new audience (not in the naked sense but in the networking sense) and it also has the side benefits of helping you build keyword anchor text “one way” in bound links. However you shouldn’t guest post just for the sake of building links. The #1 reason you should guest post is to position yourself as an expert in your niche. If you are newer to the blogging/guest posting game a great way to find awesome guest blogging opportunities is MyBlogGuest.com which is a community of guest bloggers. If you are still not convinced check out 7 Reasons Why Every Blogger Should Be Guest Posting.
4. AJ Wilcox, Orange Soda local internet marketing:
Be consistent. Decide how often you want to post. If it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, scheduling them predictably will help flourish your readership. If your readers know they can come back at a certain time (or even follow you over RSS, which is much better), they will start looking forward to your content. When people look forward to it, they become loyal, and loyal readership is exactly what your blog needs more of.
5. Cindy Krum, Rank-Mobile:
Use bullets to make your post easier to understand when someone is in a hurry. Listing things in sequence in a paragraph makes the copy look bulky and hard to read. Bulleted lists make posts look more appealing because they are easier to skim and still understand what is going on. It also makes them look more like a “reference” which will garner more links.
6. Eamon Arnett, Orange Soda blog:
Be transparent. Trade secrets and expertise are too easy to come by. Customers don’t like the “locked behind closed doors”, or “we have something to hide” approach. When you are open and transparent, your customers can tell. The openness scores you brownie points and that loyalty is what drives traffic. Share your expertise and the things that cause your company to flourish, and your readership will reward you for it.
7. Melanie Nathan, SEO Canada :
Don’t Forget Who You’re Writing For. Whatever your subject matter may be, you’re inevitably going to attract a certain type of reader. Make sure you’re aware of who you’re writing for and consciously tailor your content towards that crowd. This establishes you as an expert on your topic and also helps you develop a regular following.
8. Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur:
Bite-sized nuggets. Break your content into nice, digestible pieces. As a general rule of thumb, paragraphs written for the web shouldn’t be longer than four of five sentences. Ever heard of the popular web abbreviation “TLDR”? This stands for “too long, didn’t read.” Readers scan web pages, rather than reading them carefully, such as they would a book or newspaper. Make your content look short and readable and you will stand a better chance of keeping your reader’s attention.
9. Wintress Odom, The Writers for Hire:
Set goals for your blog. Don’t just blog because everyone else is. Blog because you want to do something in particular: establish an ongoing conversation with your clients, become recognized as an industry expert, or increase your search engine rankings. Then focus your efforts.
10. Jeremy Schooley:
Respond To & Be Grateful For Comments. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forgot how lazy humans can be. If someone takes the time to leave a comment on your site, you can come off as a jerk if you don’t respond. And yes, being too busy to respond will still make you seem like a jerk, at least in the eyes of others who don’t know what your schedule is like.
Important: The effort that went into making the comment should be repaid with similar effort. If a bunch of comments are of the “Great post” variety, then one simple blanket “Thanks for the great feedback everyone” should be enough. Likewise, if someone writes a comment that takes up a few lines of text, you should probably respond with a little more thought and personalization.
11. Nick Perone, Naked Law:
If you can’t see people rushing to tell their friends about your next blog post, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board. With over 100 million blogs on the internet, why should someone read yours?
12. Chris Brantner, HELP! Copy and Design copywriting agency:
Don’t be a jerk. Sometimes bloggers come off as know-it-all’s. While that condescending tone might make you feel superior, remember the old adage–pride comes before a fall. There’s a fine line between being sarcastic and being a jerk. Cross the line and you risk alienating your readers.
13. Brian Waraksa, Raxa Design:
Keep it clean. Don’t clutter up your blog design with every widget or third party advertisement you can. Less is most definitely more where design is concerned.
14. Mickie Kennedy, ereleases PR Fuel:
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” – Elmore Leonard. In high school and college I always secretly loved long essays. I have a gift for complicated, self-indulgent prose. When blogging, I have to constantly edit myself with an eye towards brevity and concision. Remember this is a blog that will be read by busy professionals who often just skim. Make the subject and opening paragraph succinct and engaging. Trim the fat.
15. Lori Bourne, Montessori materials:
Blogs Need Usability Love Too: Take a fresh look at your blog design and layout. Make sure navigating is easy and doesn’t get in the way of finding content. Watch someone else navigate your blog and see if they can find what they’re looking for. Do your categories make sense? Rethink them every once in awhile, and update them if necessary. Give people the option to subscribe by RSS or email.
16. Kaila Strong, Vertical Measures:
The heading is everything. Come up with catchy, interesting, and insightful titles for your posts. Try to get a keyword or two into the title as well, and search engines will love you for it.
17. Thomson Chemmanoor, Digital Labz SEO company:
Keep an overall SEO Strategy in mind while blogging, using keywords in the blog post’s title and URLs. Careful title and URL selection can help greatly in the optimization process. Don’t be hesitant to link out and you will be linked back eventually. Also, use of plugins in your blog will save you time and help with optimizing your blog. Some of the SEO plugins I would recommend are All in One SEO Pack, Contextual Related Posts and SEO Smart Links.
18. Alex Cristache, Blogsessive:
The biggest mistake a professional blogger could make is to completely ignore his personal brand or, in the case of running a multi-author blog, building a brand around it. It’s hard to keep a constant voice throughout your posts or to maintain an editorial line for all the authors, but as an editor-in-chief it’s your job to.
It’s easy to get lost in the mirage of putting out more and more content, harder to make it “yours”. It’s that one step further that you need to take in order to insure the loyalty of your readers. Otherwise each blog post will leave your visitors with the sensation of informational one night stands.
19. Jason Doucett, PageSpike SEO:
Find the balance! Write SEO friendly articles that are written for people and not just the search engines. There’s nothing worse than a well written article with oddly place words or links distracting you from the message.
20. Kristin Mastre, Feasting Fort Collins:
Write with a compelling voice that grabs attention!
21. Michael Schwartz, Phoenix Suns Blog:
My advice is to figure out what you’re passionate about and try to break into that niche. If you blog about what you love, it will never feel like work and you can become an important voice in that niche.
22. Kevin Udy:
My best tip would probably be, be generous with links and engage other sites in your niche – blogging is about connections.
23. David Smith, Conversion Rate Optimization:
Focus on Networking. If you want to be successful then you’ve got to develop relations with other bloggers. Its mandatory. You can’t do everything on your own. You need the help of others in every aspect of blogging – getting new ideas to develop content, building links, promoting new products, building your email list etc etc. So, never ever overlook the importance of networking with other bloggers in yours (and different) niches. Go, Network now!
24. Patsy, Web Design Kuwait:
Work as a Team. The competition in the blogosphere is more than ever and increasing every moment. Thousands of new blogs are getting created every day and the noise in blogosphere is at its peak. What does that mean? Now, you’ve got to work more to make your blog successful. Since, promoting a blog is itself a full time job the ideal solution will be to work as a team. Instead of creating separate unsuccessful blogs, work on a single blog and make it popular. There is a complete team behind almost, all popular blogs – Techcrunch, Mashable , Copyblogger—where every person has a specific task. So try to build your own team as it will increase your chances to be a successful blogger.
25. Derek Edmond, KOMarketing Associates:
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It takes time, creativity, and energy to grow your readership and build a community.
26. Ryan Boots, TopSpot Internet Marketing:
Dispense simple advice. Is there a problem that surfaces frequently in your industry or area of expertise that tends to be a quick and easy fix? Such material also tends to be a quick and easy blog post. By extension, posts of this nature can be useful search bait, especially for those looking for solutions to problems, who are low-hanging fruit when it comes to finding customers.
27. Kelsey Childress, The Social Robot:
Write content that makes people pay attention. Use headers, infographics, and present concepts that are explained in a fresh, concise way. Don’t insult your reader’s intelligence, but make your content engaging to read.
28. Bradford Shimp, All Business Answers:
Write for passion, not for money. You need to be able to live and breath your topic, and grow with it over time. If you start focusing on making money, you could lose focus on the thing that will make your blog stand out, which is your passion for the topic. Writing a blog is like a marriage, a long term relationship that gets better over time as long as you keep at it.
29. Matthew Toren, Blogtrepreneur:
Use a professional yet casual tone. There is a careful balance that needs to be struck. Write informally, but don’t litter your blog posts with careless grammar mistakes, messy formatting or text speak. Not only does this look ugly, readers will wonder why they should trust you to tell them anything. Want to be an authority on a topic? Keep your readers coming back? Write in a professional tone that gives them a good impression.
30. Leah Dossey, Blueleaf Creative:
Add a personal note at the end of each of your posts. It can be anything personal about you, the author. Perhaps that day your cat was left out in the rain, or someone sent you flowers or you are pissed at your kids. Sharing one or two lines about yourself at the end of each post makes you the “human expert” and not just some expert they can’t relate to. People like information, but the want to LIKE and TRUST the person they are getting it from. A personal note gives them a reason to do that.
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