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7 Tips for Successful Blogging


So, you have a blog! Do you have traffic? Do you know how to build traffic to your weblog? There are seven proven methods for building readership of your blog. They start with defining the purpose, or life, of your blog. Then, after you have a blog worth promoting, driving traffic is crucial to your ongoing success at blogging.

Here are seven tips to help you build and hold an audience for your blog:

Tip #1: Provide quality content.

On the Internet, whether you are talking about websites or blogs, a lot of space is given to content. Everyone directs you to provide quality content. But, what is quality content? The quality of your blog's content is directly related to how well you have defined your ideal audience.

A successful blog is written with a distinct audience in mind. In this way, you can provide content that is unique to your audience's issues, needs, or desires. If you create content they like and wish to return to read, you have quality content.

The second issue is to stay true to your audience and tone of your blog. If people are reading your blog, it's because they like your topic and tone. Try not to stray from your typical topics and style too much. This will give your readers a reason to link back to your blog on an ongoing basis, as will posting on a regular basis.

Tip #2: Blog regularly

If you don't update your blog often enough, blog readers will move on to other blogs. There are too many blogs out there competing for attention. Blog readers will go where they can get enough of what they want.

Successful blogging takes a commitment of your time. When you begin blogging and wish to capture an audience, you should be prepared to blog every day. In this way, you can develop an audience who counts on you to help them begin or end their day.

This means you should also try to post at the same time each day. Your readers will get accustomed to your schedule and check your blog at the appropriate time. The time of day is not as crucial as the consistency in your posting.

Since you now have quality content and a regular posting schedule, it's time to drive traffic to your blog. Your readers will do a lot to promote your blog just by telling their friends. Don't count on this alone! You need to do some additional work.

When you post, make sure you set your blog to "ping" blog tracking sites every time you add a new post. Think of this as a means to get their attention. The ping says "Hey, we just added a new post". An alternative to automatically pinging from your blog is to use pingomatic.com. This is a one-stop place to automatically ping everyone you should notify of your new post and only takes a couple of minutes to accomplish.

Tip #3: Mention your blog wherever you can

Mention your blog's address in your email signature line, in forums where you post, on your business cards, on address labels and in conversations with anyone you meet. Use a tag line under your blog address to further entice them to visit. Mine reads:

Michele Schermerhorn

http://www.imarketblog.com

A sassy little marketing blog

Beyond just mentioning your blog in writing and conversation, you must actively participate in the blogging community too. Tip #4: Participate in the blogosphere

Get involved in other people's blogs. Visit blogs that interest you and are in line with the general topic of your blog. Then, leave thoughtful comments. Almost every comment option on someone else's blog will allow you to post your blog URL and your email address. Help other bloggers out with traffic and they will help you.

If a blogger really likes your site, they will add you to their blogroll. A blogroll is generally found on every blog which understands linking to the rest of the blogosphere helps drive traffic. A blogroll is a listing of other blogs. Think of it as a "recommended reading list". Don't be stingy with your blog roll either. Add those blogs that you read and enjoy to your blogroll too.

Tip #5: Think keywords when you post

Think about keywords with your use of titles, links and blog posts. Search engines, like Google and Yahoo, like keywords. The more targeted your keywords, the better the chances of your blog appearing in search results. Search results can drive that extra traffic you want.

To increase the value of the key words in your content, make certain keywords are part of the hot link in your posts. Don't use "click here" as the hot link. You will be wasting valuable real estate in your post. Instead use the relevant keywords for the hot link, like "a great marketing idea. This gives the keywords added emphasis with the search engines.

One last thought on keywords for driving traffic; if you want a real leg up in the traffic game, in your linking code add rel="tag". This helps Technorati, a major blog resource, index your blog for their directory. But don't stop there! It's time to submit your blog to blog directories.

Tip #6: Submit your blog to blog directories

In addition to submitting your blog to the major search engines, make certain you submit the blog to exclusively blog directories like blogwise, blogcatalog, or bloghub. Many people find blogs through these online directories.

When you do submit your blog to these directories, remember to add a description that will entice your targeted audience to check your blog out. For instance, when I post my blog in blog directories, under description I put "General musings, rants, advice and strategies from a battle-worn veteran of the Marketing Wars, online and off". Your description should help the potential reader understand your blogging topic and the flavor of how you write.

In addition to submitting your blog to blog directories, join a few of the free or inexpensive traffic exchange sites like blogexplosion or blogclicker.

Tip #7: Use free and inexpensive blog traffic exchange communities

There are many sites which can be termed "traffic exchange" sites for the blogging community. It won't cost you anything to sign up. At the very least, join blogexplosion, blogclicker, and blogazoo. Once you sign up, you have two options to help drive traffic to your blog. Use both of them!

The first method is to earn credits (guaranteed visitors to your site) by using the "surf member sites" function. As you surf through those sites, you will be earning credits (visitors to your blog). When you find an interesting post, leave a comment as discussed above. When you find a blogger you like, add them to your blogroll and let them know you did.

The second method to drive traffic is to purchase credits. The cost is very cheap for the traffic you will drive to your blog. The more traffic to your blog, the more customers you'll have. The more happy customers you have, the more they will tell others. The more they tell others, the more customers you get. Don't you love this dance!

In summary, blogging may not be for everyone. However, it can be a great method for bringing your unique perspective to the Internet. You will surely find others who think the same way you do. Some bloggers will entertain you, some will inform you, and some will drive you to tear your hair out. Decide what type of blogger you want to be and be the best you can. See you in the blogosphere!

Michele Schermerhorn calls herself a "Corporate Freedom Fighter" dedicated to freeing cubicle prisoners to experience their own successful online business. She has over 30 years experience in the business world and over 12 years running her own successful online businesses. She is President of Online Business Institute Inc. (http://www.obinstitute.com), authors a sassy marketing blog (http://www.imarketblog.com), and regularly conducts free online seminars. Online Business Institute Inc. exists to "Create Successful Online Business Owners One Person At A Time".


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What Is an RSS Feed?  Lifewire

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The Iconfactory Launches Project Tapestry, a Kickstarter Campaign to Create a Universal Inbox for RSS, Social Media, and More  MacStories

Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change - AWS Blog
Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change  AWS Blog

RSS Feeds - Conservation International
RSS Feeds  Conservation International

Question to those reading this blog on an RSS reader (such as Google Reader) - World Bank
Question to those reading this blog on an RSS reader (such as Google Reader)  World Bank

David Winer - Guy Kawasaki
David Winer  Guy Kawasaki

Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs - WP Tavern
Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs  WP Tavern

Subscribe to Updates from CISA - CISA
Subscribe to Updates from CISA  CISA

The Best RSS Feed Readers (Because the Internet Is a Mess) - WIRED
The Best RSS Feed Readers (Because the Internet Is a Mess)  WIRED

Science Speaks Blog - IDSA
Science Speaks Blog  IDSA

Return of the RSS reader - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Return of the RSS reader  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds - The Verge
The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds  The Verge

RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them - Business 2 Community
RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

The Story of the First Podcast Feed - Podnews
The Story of the First Podcast Feed  Podnews

3 simple ways to embed a Twitter Feed on your website - Sprout Social
3 simple ways to embed a Twitter Feed on your website  Sprout Social

New Ways to Customize Your Facebook Feed - Meta Store
New Ways to Customize Your Facebook Feed  Meta Store

Social Media - UC Davis Health
Social Media  UC Davis Health

Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger - Search Engine Journal
Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger  Search Engine Journal

15 Years of AWS Blogging! | AWS News Blog - AWS Blog
15 Years of AWS Blogging! | AWS News Blog  AWS Blog

Who killed Google Reader? - The Verge
Who killed Google Reader?  The Verge

The podcast revolution - Harvard Gazette
The podcast revolution  Harvard Gazette

Add your blog to Security Creators Network - Security Boulevard
Add your blog to Security Creators Network  Security Boulevard

What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one - Digital Trends
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one  Digital Trends

Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration
Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts  Digital Inspiration

What is a data feed? | Definition from TechTarget - TechTarget
What is a data feed? | Definition from TechTarget  TechTarget

Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter - Cult of Mac
Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter  Cult of Mac

Military RSS Feeds - Military.com
Military RSS Feeds  Military.com

15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging - SitePoint
15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging  SitePoint

How machine learning powers Facebook’s News Feed ranking algorithm - Facebook Engineering
How machine learning powers Facebook’s News Feed ranking algorithm  Facebook Engineering

Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader - Salon
Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader  Salon

Announcement: new RSS feed launched - World Bank
Announcement: new RSS feed launched  World Bank

Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No - The Times of India
Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No  The Times of India

RRS Sir David Attenborough - British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough  British Antarctic Survey

FOXNews.com RSS Feeds - Fox News
FOXNews.com RSS Feeds  Fox News

BBC Blogs - Technology + Creativity at the BBC - Round up: BBC iPlayer RSS feeds and the Ethical Dilemma Cafe - BBC
BBC Blogs - Technology + Creativity at the BBC - Round up: BBC iPlayer RSS feeds and the Ethical Dilemma Cafe  BBC

TikTok - Make Your Day - TikTok
TikTok - Make Your Day  TikTok

CNN.com offers free RSS feeds to users, bloggers - Indiantelevision.com
CNN.com offers free RSS feeds to users, bloggers  Indiantelevision.com

RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda - The Indian Express
RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda  The Indian Express

Home - Tennis Now
Home  Tennis Now

Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email - Search Engine Journal
Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email  Search Engine Journal

10 best RSS reader apps for Android - Android Authority
10 best RSS reader apps for Android  Android Authority

ACLU News & Commentary - ACLU
ACLU News & Commentary  ACLU

NCSC RSS feeds - National Cyber Security Centre
NCSC RSS feeds  National Cyber Security Centre

Aggregators Attack Info Overload - WIRED
Aggregators Attack Info Overload  WIRED

Feed Me Featured - Film Threat
Feed Me Featured  Film Threat

Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story - BBC
Broadcasting the World Cup and Wimbledon in UHD - the full story  BBC

The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages - BBC
The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages  BBC

RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well - The Indian Express
RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well  The Indian Express

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform - Organiser
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform  Organiser

BBC Comedy Blog Feed - BBC
BBC Comedy Blog Feed  BBC

Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue - India Today
Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue  India Today

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5 Inspirational Wedding Photographer Blogs to Follow  SLR Lounge

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