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8 Important Tips to Make Your Blog Successful

To be a successful blogger, you have to be committed to your blog and your audience. If you are simply in it to increase traffic or make money, you are very likely going to fail. Blogging has to be about more than the surface stuff. Great blog posts and great bloggers have substance and a human element. If you have just started a blog, plan to start one, or feel that your blog can perform better, you need to keep reading.

Learn how to start your own blog here.

Today, I want to focus on being a successful blogger. The world is chock-full of bloggers in every imaginable niche and for you to be noticed, will take time, patience, and dedication. So, here is what you have to do to be successful.

1. Make Your Audience Important

If you have a blog and you write so people can read your work and follow your blog, you need to pay attention to those readers. Your audience is the most important part of your blog. They are the ones who will be reading your work, commenting, interacting with you, and sharing your content if they like it. To make sure that you keep your audience and give them good reading material, you need to listen to them and get to know them. Engage with them, read their comments, do surveys and find out what they want to read about and what questions they want answered.

2. Write Valuable Content

Valuable content is non-negotiable. If you just sit and start typing a bunch of sentences and hope it make sense, you have no business being a blogger, unless of course you only blog to vent for yourself. You need to plan your content to make sure that it is valuable and good and that your audience will be able to take something away from it. Planning is an important part of blogging.

3. Build Your Mailing List

Your mailing list is very important. Building your mailing list should be a priority because it is the way you can communicate with your readers. It is not just a way to sell things. Whether you are selling something or not, build your mailing list. You need to interact with your audience, show them you care, and be able to send them updates and good news.

4. Don’t Write for Someone Else

I once came across some really good advice and have found it to be very helpful. The person told me to write for myself. This is important when you are just starting out. If you are writing posts for yourself because you enjoy it and get to say what you feel, then the readers will come. If you try to write for someone else or be someone else, readers will pick it up and they generally don’t like that. So, before you worry about everyone else and whether people will read your blog, write for yourself and build it from there.

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5. Be Real and Open

People can tell when you’re lying to them or trying to be something you’re not. People pick up on fake. To make your posts successful, be real and be open. The best things to write about are things that you have experienced and know about. When you share life experiences, fears, joy, etc. with your audience, they relate and they identify with you. When people see the human behind the blog, they tend to keep reading. They may start reading because of the content but eventually they will follow the blog for you.

6. Create Your Brand

The top bloggers in the world are recognized by their brand. They have logos, reputations, and buzz that all speaks to their brand. If you want to make your blog a big deal it has to be visible and recognizable as you. Building a brand takes time and patience, but it is worth it. If you follow the tips here on Blogspot Yard, you will get a good start on that brand.

7. Don’t be Afraid to Share What You Know

You shouldn’t feel like you have to hide your knowledge. You should share it. What else are you going to do with it? We all have our unique combinations of things we know and sharing will make us all learn something new. So, share your wisdom and give your readers something they can use or learn from. People like to learn new things and they like anything that they can learn fast. A blog post is the ideal way to share valuable information in a quick and easy to understand manner.

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8. Connect With Your Audience

Yes, I mention audience again because they are very important. Successful bloggers interact with their audience. They become their friend. If you are truly offering people value with your blog, they will feel like they are home when they read your posts and they will feel like they are visiting a friend when they open your blog. This connection with your audience is very important. Reach out to them, respond to comments, and send out ‘just-because’ emails every now and then.

Blogging can be a very rewarding experience. If you do it right, you will reach people, touch their lives, and make a difference even if you may never know it. Words are powerful and when you write the right ones together and give people something to think about or something to learn, you are making a difference.

If you think blogging is not for you, read this post on the reasons why you should start a blog.

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5 Tips for Drawing Readers and Build a Following

Get more people to see your blog and your thoughts with these simple tips. When you have a blog and you want people to read what you have to say and share what you write, you need to be smart. There are lots of blogs and other noise online and if you want to be heard, you need to stand out. So, here are our tips for drawing readers and building your following.

Write Excellent and Engaging Content

This is by far the best tip we can give you. Not only will great content engage your audience and make them come back for more, but it will also make Google happy and rank your blog. If you want to be seen and heard you cannot copy or rewrite or do what others have already done. You can even new perspectives and better ideas on things that have already been done, but never just do something again. It also helps to learn about your readers and what the like to read about. Tap into that and write content that caters to them specifically.

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Use Social Media Extensively

Social media is a great way of getting your blog known. If you share your new blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. you will reach more people. Ask your friends and family to also share your posts and spread the word on social media. If your title is catchy, people will follow the link to your blog.

You can use a tool like CoSchedule to help.

Let Google See You

Your blog may have privacy settings that block Google and other search engines from seeing your site. Make sure that you untick or tick any boxes to allow search engines to find your blog and list it in search results.

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Keep Your Blog Active

If people don’t hear from you often, they will lose interest and forget about you. Remember, there are thousands of blogs and many of them say the same things. You need to stand out, be active, and show up where you can be seen. To do that, you need to post article regularly. Use Instagram and other social media to post short updates or pictures between post dates. This way, you will always have some activity to make sure people remember you.

Follow Other Blogs

Find blogs that are in the same or a similar niche than yours. Follow them and subscribe to them. Leave comments if you have something to say and your name will be noticed. You can also link to other blogs from your blog site to make other bloggers aware of you. They may then also follow and subscribe to your blog and share your content. It is a mutual relationship of sharing and creating exposure.

These tips will help you get your blog noticed. If you use the right tags and enough of them, you will also increase your exposure. Posts with tags will show up on reader lists and top lists, so give that a try. You can also write for other blogs. Visit our WRITE FOR US page to learn more.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog

Do you want to start a blog but you’re unsure why you really want to? Maybe you just like what other people are doing or maybe you really have something to say? No matter which is truer for you, here are some reasons to consider. If you can identify with any of these reasons, you have a good reason to start a blog.

You have always wanted to try writing but never had the platform. A blog is a great way to practice your writing skills and find your voice and style. You can write about anything you want and try different techniques and types of writing. This is the ideal way to break into writing whether it is a hobby or something you may want to full-time eventually.

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You feel that you have things to share with the world. Many of us have feelings, opinions, and experiences that we feel we want to share with the world. Often, these things that we want to share help others. For example, you are a cancer survivor your blog could help people who are going through what you did. You could give them hope and share how you got through it all. You can share tips on things that you are really good at like carpentry or painting. The sky is the limit.

You want to create a platform for a specific cause. People start blogs in support of different causes like breast cancer, animal cruelty, child crimes, etc. These blogs offer support, important information, and helpful resources. People can visit these blogs and even write for them to help the cause and people who are suffering.

You want to make some extra money or work from home. Blogging is not a viable option for income for everyone. It takes work and commitment to be a blogger who only blogs and still make enough money to live. It is possible, however. There are many people across the world who make a living off blogging. Even if you just want a bit of a side income, blogging may be your answer.

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You want to increase traffic to your website. This shouldn’t necessarily be the sole reason, but it is a good reason. A blog with good and helpful content draws existing and potential clients. If you can offer your clients advice and information that will make their lives easier or save them time or money, you will get more traffic. So, if you enjoy writing about the things that you offer and want to help your clients, it is a good idea to start a blog and in the process increase your SEO.

Remember, starting a blog doesn’t mean you have to become a world-famous writer or make money with it. Many people simply have a blog to share their thoughts, keep a journal, or voice their opinions and that is fine. It’s like therapy. You can have a blog for whatever reason feels right to you.

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How to Start Your Blog in Five Easy Steps

Starting your own blog can be a great thing for many different reasons. We will pay attention those reasons on another day. Today, we want to share with you how easy it is to start your own blog and start living your writing dreams. There are thousands of blogs online and they all have something to say. If you have something to say and advice to share, follow these simple steps to get started.

Step 1: Get the Technical Stuff Done

The technical stuff means the platform, domain name, and hosting option. If you start a blog on a free site like WordPress, you don’t have to worry about hosting. You will have your platform and you will create your domain name. The domain name or name of the blog should be descriptive and creative. It helps if it tells people exactly what you’re about.

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Step 2: Choose Your Theme and Make It Look the Way You Want

You can buy a theme or choose a free theme for your blog. The theme is basically the background, look and layout of your blog. You can make changes and even add code if you know how or have a friend who may know how. There are many different options. You should choose a theme that that is simple, user-friendly, and suits your blog and niche.

Step 3: Choose the Plugins You Need

Plugins are like small programs that do specific things without you even noticing. You can look into getting plugins for advertisements as well as for gathering your site statistics and so on. You can find a whole lot of blog plugins everywhere on the web.

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Step 4: Plan Your Articles and Write Great Content

Once you have all the computer stuff sorted, you need to start thinking about the content. You probably have an idea of things you want to write about. Draw up a plan of articles that you will write for the next month or two – at least once a week.

Then start planning those articles and write great content that will engage your audience and maybe change lives or at least entertain your readers.

Step 5: Post Content Regularly and Listen to Your Readers

To keep your blog current and make sure that people follow you, you must post regularly. Once a week is a good guideline, but you can post more or maybe only twice a month depending on your time. However, you must get the ball rolling and keep it rolling, especially if you wish to make money with your blog eventually. You should also pay attention to comments and what your readers are saying. Plan your content around what they need and what you see interests them.

These steps are really very simple and you should have no problems getting started. There is website like buildyourownblog.com that helps you set everything up and offers discounts on hosting. That is a good place to start if you are still unsure.

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