I've often been asked by family, friends, and several aspiring bloggers what it takes to make it in the blogging world. Some people understand it takes real work to build your website and reputation among followers, companies, and fellow bloggers, but others think it's as easy as picking out a name and starting to write.
If you want to be a true blogger, you have to realize more goes into it than that and it takes plenty of research and time!
Today, I have my first guest post on just what goes into a successful blog.
5 Tips to Make a Blogging Site Successful
When planning your blogging site, write out a solid plan to get started. Get a reliable host, and get a good domain name. Make sure to get a .com, many people will not remember if you have a different ending such as .info or .org. A good domain name would be one that is not too long and easy to remember. Any time a visitor types the address in the web bar, they will struggle if it is a long and hard to spell domain. Make sure your domain name is related to what you are blogging about.
Make sure to post often, many bloggers post often at first, then it dies down. Make sure to consistently post, at least a couple of times a week. Many blogs lose readers when they do not put enough content up. Some bloggers have a difficult time posting often. One way to get creative ideas to post on is to follow up on other posts. That is, follow up on points of an old post, not rewrite an old post. Make sure your writing level is understood by everyone, that includes non native speakers.
This may sound simple, but when someone visits your blog, you want to provide them value. When someone lands on your blog, whether it be direct or via search, they are looking for something. Make sure you deliver what they are looking for, or at least link to the resources they need. This is often overlooked, and when it comes down to it, is the most important part of blogging.
Have a comment section on your blog, which allows visitors to comment and engage with you. Also, have a contact section; that way you can have a dialogue with a blog reader. One of the main purposes of a blog is communication with everyone. Take advantage of this. Stay on top of and root out spam. You can easily change the settings to only allow the comments to post once you approve.
What you Know
Write about subjects you know and that truly interest you. This will show in your writings and your followers will be able to see your passion. Not only that, but over time, it will be less likely that you will develop writers block if you write about things you love.
Blogging is actually simple once you figure out the basics. A lot of bloggers concentrate on the marketing and driving traffic aspect. In reality, if you write solid content that your readers want, it will market itself. It is important in blogging to always evolve, as trends change. One way to keep up on it is to follow a lot of other bloggers, to get a sense of their style. Once your site gains traction, you are well on your way to writing a successful blog.
Veronica Hughes writes about blogging, literature and more at http://www.creditreport.org.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for the above post. The material above was written on behalf of The Eclectic Element and its fans and readers.