When I first started blogging, I had moments where I felt stranded and unsure of what to do next. Sort of like this:
I did have the benefit of an amazing Social Media Coach, Edie Melson, to help out. Here are some things I learned along the way.
10 Blogging Tips To Improve Results:
*Be an avid blog reader. If you want to be a great blogger, start by reading other blogs and learning what is popular. Never quit learning new things.
*Post 2-3 times a week. It is better to start with the concept less is more. Somehow in the middle of it all, you still have to have time to write and building your platform won’t happen overnight. Pace yourself to avoid burn out.
*Invite your blog readers to interact. Include content of interest, ask provoking questions, and reply to comments in a timely manner.
*Plan special events on your blog. Contests, guest authors, and fun events/parties bring in readers. We all like to be part of a celebration.
*Prepare some blogs ahead of time. There will be times when you get too busy to blog. Vacations, science projects, contests, deadlines, and other life interruptions are normal. Plan for them.
*Add links to other popular blogs or writing information. This will allow you to draw visitors to your blog and promotes excellence in your community.
*Learn to tag your blog posts effectively. Learning how to use great tag words to get noticed. Use most Googled topics in recent weeks and other interest words for tags. Make sure a straight forward title is one of them. (How to and 5 Tips are great starters. If you have a fun title, put it at the back to improve search outcome.)
*Use other social media venues to announce your posts. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and others are all ways to get your message out there and announce new posts.
*Avoid becoming a one station advertisement. Share other excellent blog posts and successes with a ratio of at least 5 to 1. The one being your blog or news.
*Learn Hootsuite. It may seem overwhelming to learn another venue of social media, but it allows you to schedule your tweets, facebook posts, etc. ahead of time. So you can spend 15-30 min. in the morning and be done with posting for the day.
What have you learned about blogging? Tips/Or Disasters We’d love to hear it.