Entries Tagged 'Writing for Your Blog' ↓
December 4th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Writing for Your Blog
Blogging is about more than just putting your thoughts down in words, because blogging is capable of sharing news, spreading messages, facilitating conversations and so much more. Learning how to publish blog posts more successfully is one of the best things that you can do if you want to get the most out of your blogging experience. The following is a connection of tips that will help you improve your blogging capability, because when you publish blog posts more successfully, everybody benefits.
- * Post Titles: Your post title needs to be capable of grabbing the attention of readers, and it may also be able to help search engines find you as well. Every blog post needs to have a title, and yours should be strong and concise and keyword oriented as well.
- * Post Introduction: You should start the actual entry of your blog with the same keyword or keyword phrase as you put in your title. This will help to reinforce your theme, helping your readers know exactly what you intend to talk about.
- * Information: Your blog needs to be informative, you need to be teaching the people that are reading your blog. Share your knowledge with them, help them make decisions that are educated and informed, and do not just advertise in your blog when you can teach instead.
- * Be a Resource: Through blogging effectively on a consistent basis you can establish yourself as being an authority or an expert in your area, no matter what your area happens to be. You should be presenting all of your blog posts in such a way that they facilitate conversation and discussion so that readers can contact you. You should be a resource for information online.
- * Make Your Blog Dynamic. You should be encouraging feedback, because a blog that has discussions, comments and feedback is going to create more visitors. It will also establish your blog as being interactive and dynamic, which will interest more people in what you have to say. Blogs that are static and never changing are far less effective as marketing tools even when they do have good things to say, so make sure that your blog is dynamic and constantly evolving as a result.
- * Think Search Engines. When you are blogging, make sure that you are keeping search engines in mind because your content should be keyword oriented in nature. You should make sure to have plenty of fresh content, and your fresh content should be rich but not overbearing in keywords in order to keep search engines in mind while you are blogging for the best possible results.
Keep these things in mind and you will be able to publish blog posts more easily and more effectively than ever before, increasing traffic to your blog as a result.
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Originally posted 2009-08-12 05:26:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
November 23rd, 2013 — Blogging, Writing for Your Blog
One of the biggest keys when it comes to keeping a successful blog is to provide content that is perceived to be exceptional. The following five tips are designed to ensure that the blog posts that you write are getting read, and also that they are encouraging your readers to come back time and time again for more. These five tips are absolutely essential in helping you to write a successful blog.
Successful Blog Tip #1 – A successful blog is one that utilizes the right tone for the niche and audience.
Every blog is going to have a target audience that it is written to suit. Before you begin to write blog posts, you are going to want to figure out what your audiences are. Who is going to want to read your blog and why are they going to want to read your blog? Identify the goals you have for your blog, as well as the expectations that your audience is going to have for your blog, and choose a tone that is going to be appropriate for both of these ends.
Successful Blog Tip #2 – A successful blog is an honest blog.
Blogs should be written in a truly honest voice in order to show who you are as a writer. These blogs tend to be those that are the most popular. A critical component to the success of your blog is the community developing around it. If you represent yourself and the content of your blog in an honest manner, your loyal readership numbers will grow.
Successful Blog Tip #3 – A successful blog is more than simply lists worth of links.
Blogging is a time consuming endeavor, and so it might be a bit tempting for you to link to other people’s content and be done for the day – You need to avoid this trap. Readers do not want to follow a trail of breadcrumbs in order to find something that is interesting for them to read. Bring them the information that they want, don’t give them a scavenger hunt to find it.
Successful Blog Tip #4 – A successful blog is one that provides attribution when attribution is due.
Do not risk being accused of violating a copyright, stealing content or plagiarizing – if you find information elsewhere, make sure that you provide a link back to the source, referencing them for the information you received.
Successful Blog Tip #5 – A successful blog is one that utilizes short, concise paragraphs.
The content and the visual appeal of the blog are both just as important as one another. Write in short paragraphs for visual relief because nobody likes a text heavy website. Most readers skim anyway, so make it easier for them to find the information that they are looking for.
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Originally posted 2009-11-27 03:39:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
November 22nd, 2013 — Content Ideas, Writing for Your Blog
When you finally make the decision to begin writing a blog, it is likely that you are going to want people to actually come and visit. If you want to begin writing a blog that is actually going to have a solid chance of being successful, then the following five key components are definitely going to come in handy. When it comes to writing a blog of any type, the following five characteristics are going to be truly key elements in ensuring that your blog is successful.
Element #1 – You should be writing a blog that has personality, and that personality should be your own.
Your blog needs to be capable of reflecting who you are, and your own personality. If it reads like a bunch of dull news, then it is highly unlikely that visitors will want to return. You should inject your own personality into the blog posts that you write. Write in the same way that you speak. You should write posts that are unique informative and even occasionally controversial.
Element #2 – You should be writing a blog that showcases opinions, and those opinions should be your own.
Your opinion on specific topics that relate to the subject of your blog is a key component in the unique voice and personality of your writing. You should not be afraid to let your own personal opinions seep into the blog posts that you write.
Element #3 – You should be writing a blog that solicits participation, and that gives back in kind.
You should not just be publishing posts and moving on to the next thing on your agenda. Much of the strength behind writing a blog comes from the community that is evolving all around it. In order for you to grow the community, you are going to need to be active in participating. Your blog should solicit participation from readers, and you should participate back in turn.
Element #4 – You should be writing a blog that provides value.
Your blog absolutely needs to be capable of bringing something interesting or useful to the readers, or there is absolutely not going to be any point in them coming once, let alone visiting again. Your blog needs to be capable of adding value to the lives of your readers in order for them to want to return time and time again; otherwise you’re not achieving the goals of your blog or website.
Element #5 – You should be writing a blog that demonstrates your availability within the niche or industry, updating regularly.
Do not publish a single post and then disappear for a while – Blogs that are successful are always updated on a frequent or regular basis. Your readers are going to come to rely on you for providing them with useful content, so do not let them down or you will lose your readers quickly.
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Originally posted 2009-11-20 03:25:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
November 7th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Subject/Topic, Writing for Your Blog
There are a number of different solutions that can be used by successful bloggers in order to bring attention to their posts, simply by using titles effectively. There is no real right or wrong answer when it comes to writing out a good title for your blog, and choosing a good title is a little bit subjective if you think about it. Having said this, however, there are a few tips that can help you improve the quality of your blog titles in order to appeal to search engines and your readers.
1 – Keep things simplistic.
Shorter titles are preferred for search engines, and they are also best for readers. If you can possibly keep your title below 40 characters, you will more than likely have the best results. Breaking this rule can draw attention to your blog, but it is not always the best way to go.
2 – Strive to grab your reader’s attention.
Good titles are largely what set your posts apart from the other clutter around them, drawing your readers in by any necessary means. There are a lot of ways that you can grab attention including writing shocking titles, titles with big claims, controversial titles or even confusing titles. Grabbing attention is a good way to write a useful title.
3 – Make every title meet a need.
Readers online are looking to have problems solved and needs met. Give them titles that show them that you have a solution to their need or problem, and your blog posts absolutely will attract an increase in information.
4 – Use descriptive words.
Some readers may like cryptic and confusing titles, but most of your readers are going to prefer descriptive ones that get straight to the point. Make sure that your titles describe exactly what is in the body of your post. Describing your titles well when writing about your blog entries is another great way to make the following tip easier:
5 – Fit keywords in when possible.
Keywords are important if you want your titles to contribute to your SEO process. This may be a little challenging when trying to keep your titles short and sweet, but incorporating a keyword into your title is vital if you want SEO to play a part in your blogging endeavor. Pick a few keywords that are vital to the concept of your blog, and fit them in as often as you can. This will have a profound impact on your ability to bring traffic to your blog.
6 – Take your time when choosing titles.
You don’t really need to rush when writing out your titles for your blogs. Take as much time as you take writing the actual blog itself, because writing a good title is about more than just slapping something random on without paying much attention to the message. Take your time when you’re choosing your blog titles, and your readers will surely take notice.
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Originally posted 2009-03-06 05:37:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 20th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Content Ideas, Writing for Your Blog
Sometimes it seems like articles and blogs are so similar to one another in content that it can be difficult to tell what the difference is between these two types of written media. Blogs tend to have more leeway, and follow a completely different structure because they can be short or long, completely comprised of video or audio, or can meet a variety of other criteria. Articles on the other hand are more than 250 words in length and are more concerned with being rich in content and informative than anything else. When it comes to writing a blog or an article, you are generally going to want to keep in mind that there are much greater possibilities that come with writing blogs than what you can do with article writing. Blogs tend to invite a much greater scope for interaction with subscribers and readers, making blogs the more superior communication method in most scenarios.
In addition to everything mentioned above, bloggers tend to be able to enjoy much larger social networks and communities, meaning that blog authors get more out of their experiences than article writers. Some article writers may also get good use out of blog specific content in their articles, but articles are generally too long to be properly utilized in blogs and most readers will skim right over them. Blogs are generally short and length, catering to those who have short attention spans or that do not have a lot of time on their hands. In other words, article content and blog content are designed to reach out to a completely different set of reader personalities.
Blogs are extremely effective in how they allow an author to convey a message in fewer words with a greater impact. The writer can be conversational, clumsy, blunt and brutally honest in a blog, where as article content is better suited for details, facts and informative content. One wrong statement in an article can have a much larger and more detrimental impact than such a slip up in a blog. Blog writing tends to be much easier in nature, because blogs are commodity content, and there is no limit to what a writer can produce for a blog. Blog posts are simple to write and can generate short term and long term website traffic. Blogs are all about up to date, current and even controversial content. They are designed to facilitate conversation and feedback, and the more often you write, the more conversation you will be able to drum up. Clearly blogging and article writing both have their place in putting a website together, but one cannot be confused for the other if you want to get the most out of each of these unique writing endeavors.
While you can maintain both an article writing endeavor and a blog, it may be important to determine which will better suit and benefit your website or the cause that has you writing in the first place.
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Originally posted 2009-02-04 16:15:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 20th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Readership, Writing for Your Blog
Most of the rules and tips that are associated with writing for eZines and newsletters also apply to writing blog entries, though there are some truly important differences as well. If you keep these top ten tips for writing a blog entry in mind, you will be creating excellent blog content in no time at all.
What is in it for your readers? “WIIFM” is jargon for “What’s in it for me?” in the marketing world, and this is what you need to be keeping in mind with every post that you write.
2 – Make your content worthwhile and valuable.
Do not waste people’s time by posting content that is not worthwhile or valuable. If you do not have anything to say, don’t bother blogging. Review books, share articles, conduct interviews. There is plenty to say, so say it.
3 – Proof read every entry and comment.
Look for typos and for grammatical errors. Don’t publish spelling mistakes. Polish your content to show that you respect your readers.
4 – Keep posts short and simple.
Keep things short and simple, because most people simply skim and scan over material. People do not have a lot of time, so do not burden them with too much information unless you have a really good reason to post lengthy entries in your blog.
5 – Keep your blog lively.
Your blog should be snappy and snazzy, interesting and lively. Write like you are having a conversation with a friend, and get to the point quickly. Make sure to touch on the who, what, where, when and why.
6 – Provide plenty of links.
Building links builds credibility, and it positions you as an expert in the industry or niche that you are posting about. People do not have time to know what everyone else is doing, so you should tell them by sharing links in your blog entries. Link other blogs and websites to build a network of associates online.
7 – Use keywords as often as possible.
Using keywords that are relevant to your niche will keep you on task, help search engines find you, and attract more traffic to your website. Your rankings will go up, and people will find you more easily than ever online.
8 – Write clearly.
Make sure to use short sentences, and touch on only a single concept per sentence. Do not use double speak, do not use jargon, and do not overwhelm your readers by cramming more than a single idea into each sentence. Spoon feed your content to your readers and they will return to your blog for more.
9 – Write in the same way that you talk.
It is okay to use common expressions and to write conversationally. Let your blog be fluid, conversational and friendly, and your readers will keep coming back for more.
10 – Use a headline that is clear, concise and descriptive.
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Originally posted 2009-02-04 14:10:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 13th, 2013 — Blogging, Content Ideas, Writing for Your Blog
If you want to keep readers coming back to your website, you should produce fresh blog posts to keep their interest. Look to the biggest sites, what they all have in common is that they constantly produce content that is new and fresh. This is also what the webmasters of the blog will say is the most difficult thing. Producing content that is fresh and frequent is a challenge that, once overcome, will take your blog to a new level.
There are a number of things that can help you in producing content that is fresh. The first is to make sure that your posts are kept brief. Trying to consistently put out 500 word posts will quickly burn you out, with the time that is taken. Many good blogs have many posts that are short. The average attention span of the internet reader is about a minute and a half. Short blog posts will be refreshing for the readers who may not have the time to read very long blog posts.
Another thing that is good for keeping content fresh is to prepare a backup stash of articles, or a working queue. This sort of action is especially good for those who may find themselves suffering from writers block. The premise is to write articles before you need them. You may have a stash of articles for when you are blocked, or you may have a stack of articles that you add to, and pull content from, following a schedule planned in advance.
Some blogs will invite their readers to be guest bloggers. This will not only introduce ideas from your readers, which can act as a muse for your posts, but it will also encourage participation from your blog readers. Interaction is a surefire way to create a sense of community with your readers. Reader interaction is also good because some great blog posts stem from conversations in the comments section. Let us not forget the biggest benefit to guest bloggers, one less blog post for you to write.
Guest bloggers do not have to readers. Rather, you can find a blogger who is within the same genre or niche. Inviting these bloggers to contribute can enable you to form professional relationships with other bloggers. These relationships can encourage the growth of ideas through conversations. Many times, guest bloggers from other blogs will also allow you to write for their blog. This gives you and them access to each others readers, bolstering the traffic to both blogs.
Sometimes the best way to ensure fresh content is to blog in teams. A team of bloggers may run a single blog or many. The idea is that the bloggers will share in blogging duties, so that if one can not contribute for a period of time, the others can take up the slack and ensure that fresh content is produced. Such an agreement between bloggers will require less work for the bloggers, and give a number of different views within the content.
Producing content that is fresh is how you will ensure that your blog flourishes.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 09:00:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 12th, 2013 — Blogging, SEO, Writing for Your Blog
Whether you are blogging for business applications, or for personal growth, the process of writing daily is a rewarding activity in many ways. The individual writer is able to benefit from the satisfaction that is gained from personal reflection. Blogs afford the writer the means to distribute information and ideas everywhere the internet can reach. For the business, blogs enable a conduit within which real time feedback and communication with customers can occur, as well as dissemination of information in order to bolster a company’s credibility with peers and customers.
When it comes to writing a blog, there are various techniques that one can employ. One such technique is the implementation of Search Engine Optimization methods, where by the blog is ranked higher in search engines through manipulation of how the algorithms work. This is usually done by careful cross linking, adding blog keywords, including terms similar in meaning, and other similar steps.
Choosing the keywords for blog posts can also serve to provide focus to writing. Knowing the keywords for a blog’s post of the day will enable you to make sure your post stays on point. You can also use the keywords to make sure that you are not very repetitive, by avoiding using the same keywords constantly. You can use the keywords to ensure that your posts cover a variety of topics, even within a particular area of interest.
Another writing tip is to make sure you are posting in great frequency, with at least a post a day. If that cannot be managed, then one should at the very least shoot for a couple of posts over a week. Traffic to a blog tends to be proportionate to how often one posts in the blog. The posts should have value and be interesting and relevant. One should not write just to write, there should be meat to blog postings.
The average web reader will have 96 seconds worth of focus. That means they will read your posts for only about a minute and a half. So blog posts should be short and to the point, making sure that the most important information appears at the beginning. Well written posts will captivate the interest of the readers, and be within three to six hundred words in length.
In line with keeping posts short, limit posts to one important topic. Scatter shot posting will fail to keep interest for very long. Rather, the successful blogger will keep postings focused on single points. If there are multiple directions you wish to cover, turn them into blog posts, and distribute them over the week. This will help to make sure that postings stay regular, especially during those patches of time where writers block can hit.
One of the most important decisions the blogger can make is the domain and blog titles. This is essentially branding, creating a name that is memorable to your readers and will give them avenue to keep returning to your blog. It should be on point, related to the theme of your blog, and well thought out.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 08:45:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 10th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Writing for Your Blog
Most businesses today recognize the power of blogging and are using it to their advantage. Everyone from the bigger companies to much smaller businesses are taking advantage of the free advertising and wonderful increase to website traffic that can be gained from successful blogging. There are some mistakes that you should avoid if you are blogging for your business. Unfortunately, these mistakes have been learned the hard way, but you can learn to avoid these mistakes before they happen to you.
The most common mistake that people who are Internet marketing make is only blogging when there is available time. Anyone who is working in Internet marketing knows that there is no extra time and blogging must be scheduled. If you want your blogging efforts to be successful, you must blog with consistency. The readers of your blog will soon become tired of waiting for the next time you have available time to update your blog and move on. This is lost traffic for you that may never return again.
Poorly written content on your blog makes you sound unprofessional. A blog is intended to establish you as an expert. How much of an expert can you be if the content of your blog is full of grammar and spelling mistakes? Take a little time to go over the content before you post it to make sure that the typos are all corrected and everything is grammatically correct. This will protect your image as an expert in your field.
Allow your blog readers to comment on your content. Many people are so afraid of negative comments that they simply don’t allow them at all. Blog readers love to have the ability to voice their own opinion on the content on your blog. If they find that they can’t comment, they will simply move on from your blog to one that allows them to make comments. You can always filter the comments and approve the ones that you want. At least your readers will have the option.
Your blog must link to your website or products that you are selling online. Why do you have a blog? Chances are it is to sell your product and increase the traffic to your website. However, if you don’t link to your website and finish the job, you are just wasting your time and effort.
Do not stuff your blog with keywords. They must flow through the content naturally or people will see the blog as nothing more than a piece of marketing material. Quality marketing does not appear to be marketing and a sales pitch should never sound like a sales pitch. The readers of your blog should be interested in the content and never feel as though they are being marketed to or you will lose them.
If you learn these mistakes and avoid them like the plague, you will increase the traffic to your website and gain the business that you want and need. It is very competitive online and avoiding these mistakes will avoid some very costly mistakes.
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Originally posted 2009-06-17 05:23:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
October 9th, 2013 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Writing for Your Blog
Whether your blog is about general interest topics like how you washed a crayon in your son’s pocket and there’s a new bank going up in town, or you have a niche blog designed to make money, the same basic blogging strategies apply if you want to be a top blogger.
Post Regularly: You don’t have to post every day. But if you can, do it. Post every other day or 3 or 4 times a week. The more regularly you post (especially if you have good SEO optimized titles) the better your blog will look to the search engines.
Post In-Depth: If you post every day and you’re not fond of writing, this might be difficult. But maybe you can do it twice a week, or even once, and have shorter posts the rest of the time. If your post is long and full of information that almost always makes it better than a short post. First, it’ll contain more keywords and probably help your search engine listings. Second, it’ll contain more information that might lead others to different parts of your blog if you’re linking correctly. And finally, a long post just gives you more space in which to connect with your reader.
Post for the Readers: Search engine optimization is important if you want people to be able to find you through search engines. But if your blog post reads like it was written for a keyword-searching bot, the reader will know it. Make sure you write for those real people who will be reading the post, not just for the search engine spiders.
Connect with your Readers: While it’s important to write for them by including actual content and not just sentence after sentence stuffed with keywords, you still have to engage them. If the contest interesting but written in a wholly uninteresting way, readers aren’t going to be that thrilled. If you’re worked up about the idea of writing, just decide to write like you speak. This isn’t a legal document or a literary publication submission. If your language is pompous sounding, you’ll put people off. Just write in a manner like you speak, and leave the formal language to lawyers and people from the 18th century.
Rein in Your Sales Message: If you’re using a blog to sell something, it’s okay to sell it. You can point it out to people, talk about it, hype it up a little. But you can’t do that all the time. If every post is touting the benefits of your new product, then there’s not much point in people coming back unless they’re already interesting in your product. People interested in your general subject will go elsewhere.
Don’t fill your posts with fluff and then try to sell to people on your blog. If you’re selling an e-book about 100 rainmaking techniques, offer up 3 in a blog post and then lead them to your ebook.
Keeping the readers and their needs in your mind is the key in all the best and most successful blogging strategies.
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Originally posted 2009-05-27 05:22:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter