Blogging is extremely popular in this day and age. No matter where you look, it seems as though there is a blog of some type. Starting a successful blog requires careful planning and important decision making. Use the advice provided below to improve every aspect of your blog.
Make it easy for readers to share your blog posts using their favorite social media outlets. These days, this can be done through standardized buttons that lets readers automatically syndicate all or part of your post’s content to their favorite social media services and comment on them in real time.
Make use of a mind map. Organizing your blog into a mind-map, using the categories, posts, promotion and all of your income sources can be a great method of organization. It creates a way for you to see where your blog is lacking and what you can do to make it more successful.
To garner more interest in your blog, a great idea is to comment on other blogs. If you like Google reader, create a separate folder in it for other blogs you’re following. Always keep them fresh and updated and comment whenever you have a chance or have something to say.
Avoid talking to yourself in your blog post. Don’t treat it like a diary, instead only tell stories your readers will be interested in. You should also be wary of using first person writing unless you are writing about a relevant topic that will interest your viewers and keep them coming back for more.
Harness the power of web 3.0. The web isn’t just text anymore, so neither should your blog. Use many different types of content to enhance your blog posts. For instance, if you are posting about a trade show in your niche, add a Youtube video of the event so that people can experience it more directly. If you are posting about a new product, include a Flash product demonstration.
Be real and authentic. Do not seem to be a know-it-all. Try being honest, transparent and open. Do this at all times. Blogs are as unique as the individuals who create them. Avoid wasting time trying to be perfect; just try and get better. It’s okay to be wrong about something, even in your blog. You’re unique and nobody is you, but you.
Make sure your posts don’t elicit the “It’s too long so I didn’t read it” response from your readers. Studies show that people stop paying attention more quickly when reading on the web than they do when reading print. For this reason, try to keep posts under 300 words or so. Some types of posts, such as scholarly articles, don’t suffer from this loss of attention of much as others, so know your audience.
Today, there are a huge variety and quantity of blogs on the Internet. While the reasons a blog is created may vary, the primary intent is to broadcast a message to an intended audience. Use the many tips and bits of advice you have learned here to design a blog that will be noticed by all the right people.