I hope to be able to give you tips and techniques in blogging within this short introduction to blogging .
I would really like your feedback on either anything you agree or disagree with its entirely up to you . The one important area in blogging is that you have feedback and interaction with your reader.
Everyone that has an online presence must have a blog , its how we interact with people ,its also how people follow us. You can also build a list through your blog by asking readers to sign up for a free bonus. For example I have a free guide on Starting up a business and also ideas on how to do so here, if you would like to download it free of charge and no obligation please visit this page http://www.wiserinternet.com/free-bonus/.
Your blog needs to be attractive and professional looking, long gone are the days when flash animation and flashy icons were the in thing but in my opinion they were always cheesy and tacky and it sort of gives the impression that you don’t really care about your readers.
Make sure you have an opt in form on your home page where people can easily sign up at the click of a button instead of having them have to look for it. Make everything easily accessible for your reader , make it simple where possible and don’t over complicate .You want to keep the readers interested in what you are writing about so try and imagine someone talking to you and think ” Would I find this Boring , exciting, how can I improve it and make it better” .
Make your content the best content you can deliver as this will reflect on you .
Make sure your content is 100 % unique and do not use article spinners or article scrapers or PLR , private labels rights , for one, people wont read crap and secondly the search engines wont appreciate it and kick you into the sandbox until you decide to do it the correct way.You could use PLR and the likes to research an idea but you would have to rewrite it in your own words and also have a diferant angle on it.
Write for people not for search engines
If you always remember this statement you cant go wrong and Google and your reader will love you. Try to be your self when writing as trying to be someone else never works as people will see through you .
As mentioned try to get your readers to interact with you by leaving comments and sharing on the social networks. Ask question like ” what do you think of xyz”, you can be as controversial as you want its a great way of getting people to write a comment as long as your not offending people by it.
Another very important tip is to proof read your content and also get others to do the same so when people read your article there not leaving you comments such as ” your spelling is dreadful” ” your grammar is appealing” so definitely do both a grammar and a spell check.
Add images into your posts to break up text and also to brighten it up. Do make sure that you have the right to show a certain picture , you can get yourself in deep water by just going to google images and using them without permission. Make sure you fill out the Alt, Tag and description for your images as your images are also ranked in the search engines.
Try to post about twice a week, the main reason is that if people are following you will be looking forward to hearing from you and if you are consistent on when you post, people will expect to hear from you which shows that you are reliable and a person of your word. Also a good tip is to link some of your other posts within a post, so you could say “If you liked this, maybe you would like this similar post ” .
Every time that you set up a new post and publish it , let your subscribers know about it , email them and let them know about it , share it on Facebook . I also use twitter feed, which means every time I create a new post it is automatically then posted on the major social platforms.
I have recently added a plugin called the share bar, which is a free plugin and the social network like buttons, pin or share will follow the reader as they read down and its very discreet and gentle on the eye but its very effective, here is the link http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar/
I hope this post helps you out and I would love for you to comment and share it , Dave Ball