Believe it or not, blogging is more than just creating content, engaging with readers, and curating a few social media accounts.
Your blog is more than just the words, images, and videos you share with the world. Your words need a proper home, so to speak.
The visual layout of your blog is one of the main factors that determine whether the folks who stumble upon your blog subscribe or not.
In other words, yeah, everyone judges a book by its cover these days…
Continue reading “Beginner? Try These Ideas Out.”
There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.
As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.
How do you write a great blog post?
I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …
Continue reading “How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide”
Does commenting on other blogs bring traffic?
Can it be used as an effective strategy?
It depends on how you do it.
Some people do it horrendously wrong.
Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Commenting on Other Blogs: What Works, What Doesn’t”
For those of you who don’t have the time to read through this blog post: blogging is a conversation. You blog as often as it takes for it to still be a conversation.
Okay, now let me explain. Continue reading “How Often Should You Post?”
Let’s face it: most people can’t write their way out of a paper bag. Further, most bloggers are boring, most journalists are so heavily edited that any personality they’ve added to a story has long since been weaned out by the editorial process.
I want to let you in on a secret, though: it’s not really that people are boring, but that too many have been taught that you shouldn’t write the same way you talk. I blame our educational system, actually, with those 5th grade teachers who drilled us on adverbs, pronouns and the minutia of grammar, coupled with too many boring, tedious academic books that we all suffered through while in college.
Instead, I suggest to you that the best way to write clear, coherent, engaging and enjoyable content is to write the way you speak, to recognize your spoken voice and pour it out onto the virtual page of your computer screen and weblog. Continue reading “Write Like Yourself”
Let’s be honest for a moment. There’s no substitute for hard work, dedication, time, energy, and passion, and those of you who want a shortcut will be disappointed by this guide.
Of course, there are some things that you must do in order to be successful as a blogger.
So, yeah, let’s get down to business.
Continue reading “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Blogging”
Does your blog suck?
How do you even know? You write posts, you’re excited about writing them, you publish them, and then… well, some folks do say they like them, but you’re not getting the kind of results you were hoping for.
But does this mean your blog sucks?
Does this mean your content is not good enough?
Or do you just have to be a bit more patient? Continue reading “Does Your Blog Suck?”
We all tend to focus on catchy headlines and gripping titles. That split-second interest grabber is important.
But how you end your post depends on what you’re trying to achieve and what do you want the reader to do – the so-called call to action. When it comes to prompting reader interaction, how you wrap up your blog posts or articles may make all the difference between a few comments and an explosion of discussion.
Think about it: What urges a reader to write his comments? What gets him to talk about your post? What happens when the show’s over? Continue reading “Want More Comments on Your Posts? Do This!”
Ever since blogging became mainstream people have been debating about a blog post’s perfect length. A lot of bloggers may read one or two articles about this, and try to follow the rules – never revisiting the issue for as long as they blog. This can be a mistake.
For a definitive answer, the following are three things to consider when you’re trying to decide how long your blog posts should be. Continue reading “How Long Should Your Blog Posts Be?”