What advice would an experienced blogger give a young blogger just starting to write?
I've been told 'Just go with it' and start writing; that in the beginning quantity is more important than quality. I'm wondering if this is true. Should I spend a lot of time making my work perfect or focus more on getting my name out there on multiple resources?
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Hi Michellyn...Blogging is a serious business. First, you have a topic or agenda for a blog i.e. Target audience , Your strength to write on this etc. I am a blogger for last 8 years and there is enough traffic to my blogs. Blogging needs patience, persistence and hardwork. Good Luck
Make sure it's easy to read i.e. clear fonts, good letter size, good background contrast(never make people work to enjoy your blog) , understandable (good grammar is important), relatable to the audience you're writing to (no big words if your audience likes plain talk) and consistent...no matter what, if it's weekly, make it weekly.
Get it on as many social media channels as possible and interact with your audience every chance you get. Track your progress with statistics. And write from the heart; what you love will naturally shine through.
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Always put a personal view into it. And focus on quality. Write an article and wait till the next day to review it. Before posting, read it over and over.
I am not a blogger but I feel the tenets of the business should be communicated. authenticity of write ups, copy write laws, written communication skills etc
My recommendation is to decide what your goal and purpose is for writing the blog. What do you hope to accomplish with it? Once you have a clear goal, you will better know what direction to take it.
Whatever you write in your blog, Make sure that should be in precise and valued for audience.
I have also been told to just write. Then comes the question "About what?" I live on a farm and want to write about how I can do both the farm work and write. I will also combine the two to show how this can become a win/win situation with a lot of interesting topics as so much will and can happen on a farm.
Write about wha what you are passionate about. It is all about journeys that each of us go through each day of our lives. Write about learning a new skill and how you overcame the challenges of that learning journey. Write about how your dog is with you each day in your office. They fit into a work schedule as well. Taking that dog for a walk and how that time lifts your spirits and clears the fog that sitting behind a computer screen has created.
These are just a few examples of the every day things that anyone can write about. Now comes the part about developing your own unique style of writing and then you just write. It is very easy to write a 500 word blog. Done!!!
Be clear about why do you want to blog and what do you want to blog about? Is it an area of your interest or an expertise that you are blogging about? Ensure that you segregate the two areas while you are blogging. Last but not the least, you must enjoy it. Blogging is more about the content quality than the quantity and unless you enjoy it you wudn't be able to engage with your audience
Provide value to your audience. Write things that are helpful to you or what you would like to read.
I take my time writing. It's not about quantity it's about quality. As a management consultant, I find new things to write about with every customer experience. Try to do something similar to get your creative juices flowing. I also find reading articles and other blogs to be a great source of inspiration. Keep a log of all of your ideas. Find some people that you respect to review your writings before you post them. ALWAYS use spell check and check your grammar before posting. Never post something immediately. Wait 24 hours and then re-read it as many times as you need to. I typically start writing on Monday (I have a block of time allocated on my calendar every Monday for blogging). Continue to write, review, edit and adjust through the week until you are satisfied with it. Do some research on the sites and social networks your audience frequents and determine the best days and times you'll grab their attention (you should be able to research that type of information on the web). Don't write posts that are too long. Also, insert photos or diagrams that represent your concepts or illustrate your ideas.
No one seems to have asked the important questions: Why do you want to blog? For whom? And what expertise do you bring to the topic?
In my experience, the best bloggers are those who MUST blog. They have something powerful to say and thus, have no problems generating content. Others face blogging as a chore and are always struggling to find topics.
Jakob Nielsen is a web usability consultant who has been blogging for years. He suggests you write ARTICLES instead of blog posts. Truly valuable SEO comes from inbound links to strong content.
So the real question is what do you have to say? If your head is full of powerful ideas, a blog is a good way to share with your readers. In that case, get started! Wait till you have a few good pieces before you start promoting the blog.
Fail forward fast and write and do something even if it is wrong...
Don't just "go with it"...Check out blogs written by respected bloggers in your chosen field. See how they keep their writing tight and focused, as well as entertaining/informative/useful. End your blog entries with a link/call to action, but keep it gentle and not "salesy." Get your name out there on multiple platforms, rather than trying to write the "perfect" posting, whatever that even means...
While it is important to get the number of articles/ blog posts built up, by no means would I say that it is more important than the quality of the posts. Take an hour a day and shoot for a completed post 3 times a week. Once you have 9 total, publish 5 at the same time then publish one every other day over the following 8 days.
The quality of the posts will be especially important if you are trying to rank for various terms and phrases. You should never write for anyone other than your viewers (meaning do not write just to appease search engines) but you should ALWAYS write with search engine optimization best practices in mind.
Also, if you are publishing on your own website, be sure to to insert the correct formatting for page title, page URL, headers, image names, image urls, image alt text, image description text, keyword density, etc.
Finally, every new post url should be manually indexed through Google & Bing webmaster tools each time they are posted
Get ideas from your audience. This can give you an idea scope of what topics people would most like to read about within your niche, which will help your blog grow. Generate ideas through blog comments and social media.
Listen to what your audience wants. Understanding your audience is giving you a better idea of what content will resonate with them. Ask your readers (if you have readers currently) by giving example titles to blogs to your audience.
Write for yourself to start. Don't go through other blogs or social channels with your blogs. Duplicate content is bad for site optimization and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social/forum sites rank better than yours does.
Build an email list by asking readers to subscribe to your blog. Do A/B testing on what verbiage converts the best in terms of asking.
Show your readers love. Focus on them specifically and don't change the scope of your ideals.
Build call to actions to entice readers to return. This would include links for "more blog posts", subscription, and your personal social media.
Write UNIQUE content. This is very important. As mentioned before, Google doesn't like copycats.
Optimize your blog with SEO & Social Media. Give people an easy way to find you in search for what you write about.
Have contests and giveaways. This is one of the easiest ways to convert a never-before-reader to visit your site.
As mentioned before, be consistent with your niche. Don't blog off topic too often. Giving away your knowledge in your field is important. Be comfortable with sharing what you know.
Give your subscribers a reason to subscribe. Give them priority for giveaways and contests, as well as new and important content posted to the site. Don't send out an email for every blog you post, but the ones you feel are particularly well.
Write engaging content. Form catchy titles and meta descriptions of your posts. Give users the feeling that they have to continue reading.
Make your blog notable. If you're an expert in your field or niche and you are giving away your knowledge, other bloggers and sites will want to use your material. This is a good way to be found by potential readers.
Lastly, have patience. It's not plausible to put a site up over night and expect it to just blow up. These things take time.