Top 10 blogging tips for writers
By Anthony Alegrete
“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” -Unknown
So you want to get your book, music, or art seen by the masses. Well, in today’s times you have to do more than just publishing your content on all the major platforms. (ITunes, Youtube, amazon.com, etc) You have to start blogging.
Blogging is a very important tool in helping to get your name out there. If you do not currently have a blog, use Tumblr, Blogger, Word Press or Blog.com. There are various FREE blogging sites out there. Below is a list of 10 thought snacks I have come up with for you if you want to start blogging or currently are.
1. Get yourself a blog. This is the first thing you need to do. Open this blog and let the world know YOU ARE HERE!
2. Start of simple. Blogs are very lucid, don’t let them get complicated. Start off small as you grow yourself and advance over time.
3. Naming your URL.You want to name your blog with your name. This will allow search engines to find you more easily. Once your fans or friends start searching your name, search engines will recognize your name and you’ll come up easier. For example, my blog is actually www.AnthonyAlegrete.com/blog , however, if used a FREE blog website I would make it http://AnthonyAlegrete.tumblr.com
4. Set your blogging goals. When you are starting out you probably want to post about once or twice a week. Don’t worry about over doing it at first. Keep it cool. You should come back to this step every few months or so. As you evolve so will your blog.
5. Keep it 100. As I like to call it. What that means is keep it real. Be you. Don’t make up some fake persona or ulterior you. Just be you. People want to get the know the real YOU. If that means that you are cool, hilarious, prickish, nice, or whatever. Just be yourself.
6. The rule is relevancy. Keep the content you post relevant. Information is available everywhere. Make sure your content is useful and people want to hear it. Its ok to talk about yourself, but if you share advice that can help people or keep people interested then you have the chance of others sharing it with their networks.
7. The Legend of Zelda! lol. For all you Zelda fans what was the name of the main character? LINK! That’s right my friends link. You need to link to other sites. If you have social media (facebook, youtube, twitter, etc) make sure you link to them inside of your blog post. Have a newsletter? Link to that. It is also valuable to link to other useful and relevant content. For example, if your blog is about cooking and you know of a really good recipe on another site, link to that. Help others find other good content.
8. Title your blog posts with specific titles. For example, “healthy recipes” will more than likely get lost in search engine results. But if you title it “healthy recipes on the go” then your targeting your audience and you increase your chances of it showing up in the search results. Being as specific as possible is key.
9. Write thoroughly, but be brief. Look! Your writing blog posts, not writing your autobiography. You should never take more than a couple of hours max on one post. If your taking days or even weeks on one post then your spinning your wheels. Double check your grammar and run a quick spell check then post. The key is quick, concise, and relevant.
10. Engage with your commenters. People like to know they are appreciated. If someone takes the time to comment on your blog always try to respond. Even if its a simple thank you make sure you do it. If someone is being negative on your blog, don’t just dismiss them either. Be polite, acknowledge them, and move forward. Blogging is about being social. So be social. Talk with your commenters.
Remember that this is about YOU. Take a deep breathe, relax, and just start writing. You’ll get the hang of it. Don’t rush anything. Be yourself. And let the content flow. Blogging is a valuable tool that if used right can propel your digital presence.
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