Blogging can be fun and easy … if you know how to make it so
Nearly everyone has tried to make a blog – if not because of anything else, out of curiosity. And it’s not even that difficult to make one anymore. There are websites who offer making your own blog instance with just a five minute registration, and there are also blogging platforms like WordPress who are easily installed, providing out-of-the-box functionality with little or no setting up. Blogging has become so natural nowadays, that it would make sense that people sometimes make them out of curiosity. But what if you want to make a good blog ? If you’re really determined to do it “the right way”, here are some tips for you.
Like any particular type of information source , blogging has its own specifics which should be taken into consideration if you want to get popular and get on track right away. To save you from learning some of these things “the hard way”, we’ll give you a list of 7 tips for your startup in blogging . Without further ado, here they are :
1.Define your targets and goals
What is your reason for having a blog ? Are you in it to create a reputation for yourself, maybe confirm the notion that you’re an expert in your field ? Or are you starting your blog to explore business opportunities – promotion, sales, marketing ? Do you just want to share your feelings, emotions and thoughts in an online fashion ? Answer these questions before you start, they’ll give you a clue as to what your short term goals ought to be, as well as an outline for the future.
2.Be regular about your blog
It’s kind of hard to have reoccurring visitors if you don’t update content often. People think that if they’ve seen something nice on your blog, they might be able to see something related, but still interesting, again. But blogs aren’t newspapers, people can’t expect an exact time for updates, if you don’t provide it. So make sure to update as often as possible, but still retaining the quality of your content. That’s part of the formula for success.
3. Have consistency
Does Coca Cola produce network routers ? Or does Cisco make refreshments and sodas ? Think of your blog as one of these companies, and remember that you should stick to what you’re good at, and what your readers originally found interesting in your blog. Any spin-off should be carefully fitted into your blog – maybe have a “guest day”, where you invite other bloggers, and anything goes. But for your best, and your blog’s best , don’t become too diverse.
4.Always reply to comments
If you don’t do that, your blog would be too plain, too grey for the public to notice. You may even come off as rude or not knowledgeable enough. Make sure you have contact with your audience. They are the ones which will make your blog awesome.
5.Dare to ask others for participation
Make sure the communication isn’t one sided – ask your audience for their opinions. You can even include polls in your blog, in order for the public to participate without so much as clicking a button. At some point, you can even host contests, or implement the practice of having a new guest blogger each week. This makes your blog a desired place for those who wish to express themselves. Do your best not to ignore them.
6. Promote your blog to increase visibility and traffic
The very least you could (and should, in my opinion) do , is to share some of your posts on Facebook, or tweet them often enough. That will be a sufficient way to introduce new users at the very beginning. Later on you can target others by using various social bookmarking platforms like Digg, Stumbleupon , reddit and many, many others.
7. Don’t expect things to work out perfectly the first time
This applies to nearly everything in your blog , from the content you provide, to the way your layout is set, the very first posts and your very first comment replies. It will take you some time to find your own set of custom solutions to your very custom problems. So keep calm , and carry on!
Knowing these absolute basics will help you have a quick start in the world of blogging, and may prove beneficial to your success in the long run. Good luck, and never forget to believe in yourself , in blogging and otherwise!