Becoming A Blog Posting Success

Becoming A Blog Posting Success:
Start With These Tips

by Long Saidin

If you love writing, perhaps blogging is a great place for you to share your thoughts. Blogging has become an interesting activity for users who have passion about certain topics and would like to share their expertise. You are going to explore more how to make your blog a success.

Blogs are usually concentrated around one subject. Whether you want to create a blog dedicated to your passion, or you simply want to improve your current blog, the information in this article will help you. This article is full of information to help you make your blog a success.

Post original content on your blog, and include pictures or other content. Linking out to relevant sites, quoting experts in a field or adding videos can also make a post more interesting. Make sure you don’t plagiarize, though, because people will stop visiting your site. Be unique and interesting with posts.

Headlines are what your readers tend to read first. They act like bait. If your bait is good, they will “bite” into the blog post too. However, if your headline is dull, repetitive, commonplace, predictable, or just not intriguing at all, your readers may decide to skip the entire thing.

Don’t forget to use search engine optimization when creating your blog. Search engine results are likely to be the main way people find your site, so a high ranking for the keywords you think your readers will use ensures that they get to your blog and not your competition. Choose appropriate keywords to use in your titles and posts to help boost the number of followers your blog has.

Add content to your blog several times each week. Strive to maintain a regular posting schedule, and dedicate yourself to adhere to it. Doing so will give your visitors ample content to read. Consistent posts will keep people returning to your site, if you keep it interesting and informative.

Strive to be patient as you wait for your readership to grow. It may take a while for people to find your blog. You also have to build up the amount of content on your blog before there is enough to entice a large audience to visit. It is natural for a blog which has been around a long time to attract the most visitors, so hang in there!

Don’t make your blog look too crowded or your readers will go elsewhere. If you jumble everything together, trying to get the most material you can get on one page, readers will become overwhelmed. Carefully determine what is important to include on a page, and what is better reserved for the next page.

Getting involved with affiliate marketing is a great way to generate income from your blog. It can be very effective since you get to decide which products to promote. You should always try to promote products that are related to your blog posts. Doing this will not only help you make money, but will also provide your readers with links to products they might be interested in purchasing.

Running A Blog is a great way to promote a product or web site, if you encourage comments and discussion, that is. Blogs are informal and easy to set up, which means you can add as many posts as you want to describe your product and even ask your readers for valuable feedback. So, if you are selling a product in a brick and mortar store or on a web site, you should set up blog to take advantage of the marketing opportunities that it creates.

Try balancing the blog’s category distribution. This is a very important blog metric to follow and it can easily be tracked via a blog audit plugin. Retaining a balanced category can help your writing and improve your search engine rankings. Excess content under one category can make a lot of duplicate content in your archives.

Writing blog posts that draw from your own personal experiences is a good idea. This will help you to connect better with the people that visit your site. It also makes the reader view you as an expert in whatever you are talking about since you know about it firsthand.

Humor is okay to use in a blog, as long as you are keeping it appropriate. You want to make sure that your articles are still informational, and will be giving the readers what they are looking for. If you only use humor, your articles will be filled with too much fluff.

If you have some extra time, consider making an “about me” page for your blog. While this is not something that you need to do, many visitors will appreciate it. People like to know about the author, and doing this extra step will not bring any harm to you at all.

Make money from your blog. Most of the top bloggers aren’t just pecking away at their keyboards because they enjoy the tapping sounds. They are carefully manipulating an income stream. There is a potential to make real money with writing a blog. You just have to learn to pull the right people to your page.

A good way to keep readers coming back to your blog is to tell stories. We’ve all read blogs about the woman who is overweight and is beginning a new weight loss plan. Readers like to follow stories such as this, wanting to know what happens and what the end of the story will be. Keep your readers glued to your blog with a great story.

If you are looking for some good blog content, try posting lists. We’ve all seen them: “Top 5 tips for weight loss!” or “10 ways to keep your husband happy”. People love lists. They are easy to scan for interesting information and good for giving tips and advice. Give it a catchy title and readers will be hooked.

Blogging is a simple subject that can sometimes seem complicated. You have most certainly found that to be true after reading this article. While you might feel somewhat overwhelmed by the information overload, don’t worry – it’s completely normal. Although it may be a lot of work to create and maintain a blog, many people indicate it’s worth it. If you use the tips in this article and save it, you will have it as a resource whenever you need some help.

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Morgen Bailey talks about blogging

‘To Blog or Not To Blog’
by Morgen Bailey

(this article was previously posted)

A Blog: Why start one?

  • You write and want to tell people that you exist;
  • Writing blogs are usually read by other writers and readers and it provides you with a community;
  • You’d like to invite other writers to take part in your site;
  • You want to provide useful information to others;
  • You want to sell your writing and you know you need an outlet.

What do you have to say?

  • You want to share your writing – put up poems, short stories, novel extracts, non-fiction pieces;
  • You’re writing your first novel and want to let others know how you’re doing;
  • You surf the net and find articles of interest want to share the links;
  • You want to learn about writing so you have guests discussing various topics;
  • You have other hobbies, or businesses, you want share with the world.

How often should you post something?

  • At least once a week. You don’t have to do what I do and post 3-4 times a day because you’d have no life and really, would you have enough to say? I don’t, which is why I let everyone else to do it for me.
  • The advantage of having so many guests involved is that they give me the content and they are always so appreciative of having a platform to share the news about their latest book.

When should you post something?

  • Probably without exception, most of your traffic will come from the United States so you’d want to post your items at a time that will catch most viewers. I post a main post at 7am so it catches late night US traffic and pre-work UK traffic then another post writing prompts at 6pm to catch the US lunch-timers and UK evening traffic (but not so late that they won’t get to do the exercises). It also means that most posts are at the top of the home page for at least 11 hours meaning everyone gets a chance to see it. I have menus at the top of the blog so the links to everything I post is accessible. This helps visitors, guests and I get to keep a track of who’s doing what when. It also fits in with my ‘working day’, although I generally schedule items in advance.

Which platform (host) do you choose?

  • I have nine WordPress blogs, one Blogspot (Blogger), and a Weebly site. I also build (and maintain) blogs for other writers, so you can guess which one I recommend.

How much does it cost?

  • It can cost nothing. To-date I’ve posted over 2,500 items on the mixed blog and 700 interviews on the interview blog and various on other blogs and it’s not cost me a penny. All the WordPress blogs have ‘WordPress’ domain names e.g. http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, which some authors wouldn’t want. For around $20 a year you can choose your own domain name. I didn’t because by keeping http://morgenbailey.com I have two ways for internet search engine users to find me. I may change this as you can’t put any advertising on the free versions, or you can let WordPress put advertising but it would be their choice. They can (and technically do) that already but I’ve only ever spotted one item on a random (old) post and I can’t even remember what it was for.

Pros and Cons

  • PROS: Marketing your books is seen as a necessary evil with self-published authors knowing that they have to do all the work and traditionally published author still have to do the majority because their publishers don’t have the budget to invest. I’ve only had two authors say their publisher does all their marketing but those authors are still active online (Twitter, Facebook etc). It’s part of the ‘job’.
  • CONS: Is there a downside to blogging? Not really. If like me, it takes over your life, then that could be seen as a downside time-wise, and it has affected my writing, or lack of it, but it’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve ‘met’ SO many people (authors, editors, agents, publishers, readers) because of it and other than a better balance of blog-time and writing-time, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Do you blog? Which platform (e.g. WordPress or Blogspot) do you use? What do you like or dislike about the blogs you’ve read?

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   about Morgen Bailey 

Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page).

Main blog: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/morgenbailey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgenwriteruk and https://twitter.com/NtonWritingGrps

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/morgenwriteruk / http://www.facebook.com/MorgenBaileyAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MorgenBailey

eNewspapers: http://paper.li/morgenwriteruk/1318769216 and http://www.scoop.it/t/morgen-bailey-daily

Forum: http://morgenbailey.freeforums.org

My books: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine

 She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog. Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has several short story collections and writer’s block workbooks available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.