This is the final installment of the “Better Blogger” series. I hope you enjoyed this 101 step journey with me. Scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the previous articles in this series. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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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!
There are lots of ways to get more readers, but here are 12 really good tips, for novice to experienced bloggers.
- Turn your articles into videos using PowerPoint to create an entertaining slideshow. Submit your video to all of the popular video sites, including Google Video, YouTube, and others. Video is increasingly popular with internet users, especially teenagers and young adults. What better way to capture their readership by posting a great viral video on YouTube?
Give your readers another way to catch up with your latest posts. Turn your blog posts into podcasts!
The process is actually pretty simple if you follow these steps. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you have to record your posts or pay an actor to do it for you!
Odiogo is FREE and the quality is actually pretty good! After signing up, Odiogo will contact you to confirm your enrollment within hours. The computerized voice is easy to understand and very professional.
This is Step #34 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.
WordPress 2.3 introduced us to built-in tagging support, which has been a great addition to every blogger’s blogging arsenal for three reasons:
- Tags are a great way to quickly show visitors what you blog about. Categories can be helpful to show visitors what you blog about, but tags give an extra layer of information that is a lot more specific and targeted. If a visitor only wants to read your posts on Firefox, they can quickly find them, versus searching through various categories or searching your blog.
These are steps 19-31 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger. I condensed these because they are all about plugins!
Install these plugins to optimize your blog:
19. Akismet – This plugin helps eliminate comment spam.
I already use Akismet, because it is one of the best ways to eliminate comment spam! I rarely get any comment spam because of Akismet’s strong filters!
20. Optimal Title – This plugin allows you to optimize the title of your blog post in order to improve your search engine rankings.
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This is Step #18 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.
Encourage social bookmarking after every post.
I added the “Share This” button to thepinkc a long time ago. It does not work with every theme, but I hope to use it in the future, if I can. There are some bloggers that feel that if you really like a post that you’ll Digg or bookmark it, whether or not there are buttons on the page. I am halfway in that camp, too. Again, are enough people using it to make it worthy of the additional bandwidth or database calls.
This is Step #17 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.
Set up a MyBlogLog Widget.
Again, this is one of those tools that I’m not sure of. Does it really add value to the page? Or are people just clicking on ‘interesting’ or good looking avatars? I do use avatars in the comments, just for a little extra flavor, but I do notice a slowdown in page loads occasionally. I do not want my site’s load time to be compromised by such widgets, or unnecessarily large amounts of bandwith used, either!
What do you guys think?