Becoming a better blogger takes some patience and a bit of elbow grease – but it is worth it when you start seeing the results you have been looking for. It doesn’t matter if your goals are more traffic, making money online or interacting with others.
You can become a successful blogger! It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, educated or not. Patience, a little bit of work and experimenting with various products, programs and advice will have you accomplishing your blogging goals in no time at all!
When it comes to blogging, the most important thing is to write about things you love. If you do not have a passion for your blog’s topics, it will show in your writing and approach to blogging. Do not hesitate to ask other bloggers and even a blog consultant for help on topics, themes, posting frequency, etc.
One of the first things you should do as a new blogger is to claim your blog on Technorati, like I did. Now, I can track what other bloggers are writing about as well as what others say about my blog! I have been able to target my writing a lot more because of Technorati’s tools and free services. You can also claim your blog at Feedster.
Think about using Google Analytics to get feedback on how your blog is performing. Visitor stats are useful, but more detailed information can be even more helpful when it comes to developing your “Better Blogger” strategy.
Validate your feeds. Do not ignore RSS! More and more people are picking up on RSS functionality because it helps them read more websites than if they had to manually visit them daily or weekly. Like email, new posts appear in their RSS “inbox” for immediate viewing.
An offshoot of feeds is trackback and ping functionality. You want to edit your WordPress settings to enable automatic trackback and ping functionality. This will help you interact with other bloggers. How?
If someone mentions your website on their blog, you will get a notification and be able to thank that blogger in the comments of the post and communicate with commenters on their blog. You can monitor any mentions of your blog using Google Alerts or Technorati.
You also want to make sure that you are replying to your commenters and providing them with an opportunity to provide you feedback via comments after posts and an email webform. My favorite bloggers and the ones I look up to often ask for reader feedback and reply to emails personally.
Usually the blogger who will link back to your site is a blogger writing about similar topics, so it is good to continue to cultivate relationships with them online and offline, which will build up your readership in the long term. Think about attending blog conferences, so you can learn more about blogging and meet other bloggers in a more formal environment.
Some will suggest that you purchase advertising, such as through other blogs or a service like StumbleUpon Ads. It is really up to you on how to approach generating buzz for your blog, but remember, becoming a better blogger is about more than just pageviews and a nice WordPress theme!
You must edit yourself ruthlessly. I cannot stress this enough. During my early days as a blogger, I spent a lot of time writing, but very little time editing. Balance the two – and you will generate even better content for your readers. It isn’t even a bad idea to go back and edit your old posts – or even rewrite them for greater clarity. Don’t forget that your blog is YOUR voice – so your personality should shine through in every post!
As you continue to generate more and more great content, you may be approached to be a guest blogger on another blog – this is an honor that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, think about the impact to your own blog – do you have posts stored for a rainy day? Will you have time to contribute to another blog?
On the other hand, consider asking readers to submit their own articles to your site for submission. Provide the opportunity for a free link back to their blog or website as well as feedback as to how successful the article was on your site.
As Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Don’t forget that while blogging can be a “job”, you should still try to enjoy yourself! Happy Blogging!
This post covers steps 54-70 of 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.
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Read more posts from this series:
- 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger
- Use WordPress!: Step #1
- Sign up for Feedburner: Step #2
- Post at least once a day: Step #3
- Optimize your blog for SEO: Step #4
- Have an “About Me” page: Step #5
- 101 Steps: #6-8
- Blog and Ping – Step #9 in 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger
- Submit your blog to RSS and blog directories: Step #10
- Trackbacks are important – Step #11
- Get involved in the blogosphere – Step #12
- Give your blog its own unique voice – Step #13
- Create unique, quality content – Step #14
- Add a large RSS button to your site
- Place an RSS feed link at the bottom of every post
- Install the MyBlogLog Widget
- Social Bookmarking – Step #18
- Better Blogger – Steps 19-31
- Create a custom blog design
- Add photos to each of your posts
- Use tagging in WordPress
- Tips to get more out of your WordPress blog
- Turn your blog posts into podcasts!
- Follow these 12 Steps and Get MORE Readers!
- Create a customized 404 page
- Keep Working at Becoming a Better Blogger!
- 11 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
- 19 Final Tips to Becoming a Better Blogger