Okay, so you’ve set up your blog. What’s next? Blogging can become a real money-maker when you know what you’re doing. But what if you don’t? After all that excitement about rushing into the blogosphere, it’s time to get your hands dirty and do some real work.
If you really want people out there to visit your blog and get them to comment regularly, then you have to do the following. Don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to do everything. You just have to choose a couple of them and see what works for you. If one doesn’t work, you can always discard it and give another one a go. I’m pretty sure at least one of these will work for you! ;)
Beginner Tips For Bloggers
Get yourself ready. Blogging is not as easy as 1, 2, 3, nor is it as quick as lightning.
Pick an attractive blog name, but a name that tells your readers what your blog is all about.
Write content that is unique and useful for your readers. Plugging your blog or some other product tends to turn readers away.
Link your blog to other related blogs.
Promote your blog ONLY when it’s up and running already.
Don’t paste your link anywhere you can paste it. Users will consider you spam and you can get banned for it.
Cross-promote your content by linking to previous posts.
Open up to your readers. Tell them who you are, why you’re blogging, and what kind of readers you want to have.
Work with other bloggers who share your goals. You’ll find it easier than working alone.
Some comments will always be against you. Accept that and move on.
Nothing screams SPAMMER! more than links used as your signature in the comment body.
Don’t make comments too long. You can use the material as a new blog post.
Choose a blog niche that’s not too narrow but not too broad either.
Write something that’s interesting to you. Blogging should be a passion, not something you force yourself to do.
Post new content once or twice a week. This’ll help you avoid burnout.
Make it easier for your readers by breaking up your content in short paragraphs and using headers and bullet points.
Write in a casual, easygoing manner to engage your readers. Avoid using a formal tone.
Get your own domain name, at least, when you have established quite a good following.
Optimize your blog for search engines.
Analyze your blog stats so you have an idea of just how good (or bad) you’re doing things. You can sign up for a Google Analytics account for this.
Submit your blog to blog directories.
Write an About page and a Contact page.
Don’t forget to upload images and videos to enhance your content.
Choose a professional theme. That means avoid splashy colors and flamboyant designs.
Do NOT, at all costs, copy content from other blogs and pass it off as your own. This is plagiarism and you could get sued for this.
Insert appropriate meta-tags to help the search engines find your blog.
Create a tab for your recommended articles.
Activate Akismet spam protection for your blog.
Build a Google site map. This helps Google find you faster.
Put the appropriate keywords in your headlines.
Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.