23 Blogging Rules to Follow

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 A few weeks ago, I wrote a post outlining the top 23 copywriting rules. The post was pretty successful, so I thought I’d continue the theme by offering up what I believe to be 23 essential blogging rules. Feel free to add to this list by leaving a comment. 
 
 
  1. Write the way you talk
  2. Don’t just copy what everyone else in your niche is doing
  3. Always proofread your posts
  4. Do your best to respond to comments in a timely manner
  5. Don’t fight with commenters who disagree with you. Respect their opinions.
  6. Optimize your posts for maximum search engine performance
  7. Create a strong internal linking structure
  8. Link to other blogs as well
  9. Focus on writing headlines that beg to be clicked
  10. Always deliver on the promise of your headline
  11. Hold reader interest by posting on a regular basis
  12. Have a place where you jot down ideas for new posts so you never suffer from writer’s block
  13. Make sure every post is the best work you’re capable of producing
  14. Don’t ignore proven formulas like top 10 lists and how-to posts
  15. Make your posts easy to scan by using bullet points and numbered lists
  16. Fact check your content before posting. Failure to do so could cause a permanent loss of credibility.
  17. Spend time promoting your blog. Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will automatically come.
  18. Give and receive guest posts
  19. Don’t overlook the design of your blog. People do judge a book (your blog) by its cover (its design).
  20. Place a subscribe link above the fold to attract more blog subscribers
  21. Use pictures to spice up your posts
  22. Break really long posts into a blog series whenever possible
  23. Never stop trying to improve your blogging skills
 
 
Which blogging rules would you add to this list? Leave your best rule in the replies.
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