Entries Tagged 'Writing for Your Blog' ↓
August 21st, 2014 — Blog Tips, SEO, Writing for Your Blog
You are probably already aware of how important link building is, and how important it can be to select the right meta tags, and to select frequently searched keywords that can be added to your website for the purpose of boosting search engine optimization or SEO, but are you also aware of how easy, inexpensive and effective it can be to use fresh and unique website content to drive an increase of traffic to your website through SEO? This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to garner higher rankings in the most popular search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo, and it requires little to no technical expertise at all.
If you add fresh content to your website regularly, you will be effectively increasing the visibility of your website by boosting your search engine rankings naturally and easily.
It is important that you avoid making the SEO mistake that so many other websites are making, which is that they are failing to add new, fresh and unique content to their websites on a regular basis. They spend hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars designing the look of their website, and then it fails in the search engines because they believe that once the website is running, their job has been completed. The truth is, if you stop updating your website once you have taken it live, you are doing something very wrong.
Why is this? This is because search engines love and feed on fresh and unique content. This is so true, in fact, that they literally troll the internet specifically looking for websites that have updated their contents. In the world of search engine optimization or SEO, content is the king.
Adding fresh content will help to significantly improve your search engine results, because search engines are literally constantly on the lookout for websites that have updated content, making sites with fresh and new content the best on the web. You can easily give these search engines what they are looking for simply by regularly updating the content that is on your website, adding informative articles and refreshing the content on other pages. Your content should never simply sit still or stagnant unless you don’t want people looking at it.
If you are unsure about writing the content yourself, you should have no trouble finding help online as there are plenty of proficient writers capable of writing niche specific content for your web pages, you simply need to know where to look and what to ask for. SEO writers are writers that specialize in search engine friendly website content creation, and they will deliver polished work that is web ready. They can write search engine friendly content for your website that is written specifically so that it can be found and indexed by search engines, and they will write website content that uses your keywords naturally and in a fitting manner in order to benefit your human readers as well. SEO writers are designed to write with your marketing goals in mind, so if you are afraid to craft your own content, do not be afraid to ask for some assistance.
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Originally posted 2009-04-29 05:08:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
August 16th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Content Ideas, Guest Blogger, Writing for Your Blog
Do you struggle to come up with new and interesting topics to write about for your blog? If so, I have a process for coming up with new ideas consistently that you can adapt and use for yourself. If you do, you’ll never have to sweat it out again, promise.
See, I used to be like you, but now I come up with topics regularly without any trouble at all. If I ever hit what feels like a dry spell, I usually can figure out something to write about very quickly because of how I set myself up. This method is really simple and you can implement these suggestions right away for similar results. Here’s how I stay fresh in an easy three step process:
1. I read or at least glance at the blogs in my google reader every day. There’s upwards of a 125 blogs on romance novels that I follow, and while you might follow more or less, it’s a really good place to start. Something another blogger writes on in my niche can always be expanded, argued, changed, or even spark ideas. It is the same case in your niche. If the bloggers you currently follow are not inspiring you, (unfollow them and) find others to follow.
2. I keep a small notebook on my person. It is usually in my purse (it helps to be a girl sometimes ). If an idea comes to me not only can I write down the topic really quickly, but I can also start writing it and organizing points. Scrap paper works too, but you might lose it. That’s happened to me once or twice, hence the mini-notebook.
3. Suggest topics to others. Sometimes when I have guest bloggers on my site, they ask me for help with topic suggestions. I don’t know about you but it’s very easy to come up with ideas for others. I usually give a list of 3-5 ideas and saved the 2-4 the blogger doesn’t pick in a document on my computer. If I ever have trouble for myself I can always sneak a look through the list and figure something out. More often than not, suggesting topics of interest to someone else will also help me think up topics for myself. When you think out of the box you just might find a gem or two to polish up.
So that’s how I come up with content for my blog. Very simple, but very practical if I say so myself. What do you do to keep yourself fresh? Share your methods in the comments!
Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.
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Originally posted 2009-12-23 03:55:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
August 15th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Writing for Your Blog
The internet may be a fast paced environment, but there are some blog strategies that remain the name even when it becomes harder and harder for average bloggers to keep up. Here is a reminder of some of the tips that don’t change when it comes to blogging.
When posting, avoid large blocks of text.
Your articles should be broken up into easy to read bites. Most people that use the net are scanning and skimming rather than reading everything. Make sure that you are using descriptive headers so that your post will catch their attention. Make sure that things are focused and kept short. Use images whenever possible to make your blog posts even more appealing.
Edit, Proofread and Check Spelling
Even the pros can misspell a word every now and then, and there is some leeway in the world of blogging. If you are an unknown writer, however, then your credibility really matters and making errors can harm that. If you do care about your blog and building a reputation for yourself as a good writer, you need to proofread and edit, eliminating spelling and grammar errors as you go.
You should try and create a regular rhythm for posting in your blog. Not only is this going to interest your regular visitors, but it will also keep search engines interested, allowing their spiders and robots to return time and time again. Fresh content always equals a better search engine ranking, which leads to more readers and visitors.
Use Accurate Post Titles
The search engines read your titles, and they sort and rank your posts accordingly. The same is true for readers, who use your titles to know what your posts are about. This means that if you want to give search engines and human readers what they are looking for, your post titles need to be accurate.
Include a Date and Signature
Your posts are not always going to be timeless, and in these instances, you are going to want to let readers know when you made your posts. This will also let them know how long you have been posting, which can help you build more credibility in the long run. Posting a signature at the end of each of your blog posts is going to let your readers know exactly who wrote each of your posts, so make sure that there is a signature and a date for every post that you make.
To some, these blog tips are common knowledge. But still, it’s good to have the occasional reminder. These are the most basic blog tips that you can employ when it comes to posting for the benefit of your readers and the search engines that regularly spider your blog. Keep this list of tips handy, and consult it every time you make a post until you get the hang of it. This is the best way to make sure that your blog posts are constantly accommodating your readers in the best possible way.
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Originally posted 2009-08-24 05:49:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
August 13th, 2014 — 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
August 12th, 2014 — 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
July 22nd, 2014 — 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
July 7th, 2014 — 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
June 20th, 2014 — 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
June 19th, 2014 — 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
June 13th, 2014 — 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