10 Quick Blogging Tips
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I hope to compile even more helpful lists for bloggers, so I am starting here. I put together 10 quick blogging tips, in no particular order.
Have Your Own Domain
Blogspot can only take you so far. There are successful blogs that stay on blogspot, however if you are looking at two identical sites. I would chose the one with the domain name.
Update your Blog Daily
This may be important to you if you value stats. It’s not vital, but it’s good practice to update your blog regularly. By offering new content, your visitors will keep coming back.
Make your Feed Easy to Subscribe to
When I discover a new blog, the first thing I do is subscribe in the RSS feed. If the feed isn’t easily available, a less patient person just might skip over your blog completely. I read that many “webmasters” and bloggers do. Bloggers are busy, keep everything as easy as possible.
Make an About Section
The first place a new reader will look is to the about page of your blog. Unless they start reading your blog on your very first post, they need to get caught up. Make sure your about section is informative and descriptive. Tell them what your blog is about, without boring them to stop reading.
Comment on Other Blogs
The way I have started reading several blogs, and even found a few authors, was because they found me first. Then, they started commenting on our blog regularly. The more you see a person, the more inclined you are to visit their site. 90% of the people (ever) who has left a comment on comment friday, got a personal blog visit by me. This has turned into blogs I read and contribute to often. Get noticed!
Comment on Blogs with Do Follow and Top Comment Lists
but, DO NOT SPAM. That is key. By leaving genuine comments this not only gives you link love, but you are also contributing to their blog. I often contribute comments on blogs with do follow and top comment lists and it has definitely boosted our blog rankings.
Use Social Bookmarking Sites
You never know you may make the front page of digg, or get 1,000 stumbles from stumbleupon. Stumbleupon gives us a huge boost in traffic every month. If you like our posts, make sure to give them a stumble!
Join Blogging Networks
My favorite is still mybloglog. Our community generally sends us 100-200 visitors per month. We have built a great community with very little effort. However, I have noticed a small decline in mybloglog since it first was created. There is a lot of competition now, it can’t hurt to try them as well
Take Part in Blog Promotions
If someone is offering a free linkback for just mentioning their blog why not? Especially if they have a pagerank 5, and you are brand new and don’t have one yet.
Or perhaps a blog is trying out a blog carnival and are looking for posts that have to do with apples. You happen to write a post on apples. Go ahead and submit it. The more links to your article the better. Both ideas are a great way to build more links and traffic to your blog.
Last, but not least. Be friendly. People will be more inclined to link to you if you are nice. If people feel like they know who you are, and would consider you their friend. Try posting a picture of yourself, and make sure to respond to the majority of comments. I am less likely to comment on a blog that never answers previous comments I’ve made.
There you have it, my 10 quick tips turned out to be lengthy, but I hope they help someone!
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