There are a lot of reasons why you should blog. Topping the list is the ability to earn income out of it through product reviews, text link advertising, and Google AdSense. Depending on your knowledge on the subject, you can be tapped as one of the resource persons. A lot of bloggers become motivational speakers and even authors of high-selling books.
These people who find success in blogging are one of a kind, since most will just vanish into oblivion. The former are those who have followed the basic yet effective rules of blogging, which are the following:
- Focus on content
Some readers will not really mind the layout of your blog, provided that you can provide them with content. Now, it is important that you know what this content means. It means substantial, accurate, and fresh information. Do not steal other people’s work. If you cannot avoid quoting them, make sure that you can add some references. Research newer data. You want them to keep coming back to your blog because they always learn something that is totally unheard of or seldom discussed.
If you do not know where to look for them or you want to be more inspired, you can read blogs and websites from mentors or experts in the field. You can also read magazines, books, and journals. You can just let your imagination and inquisitiveness come up with a new topic to talk about.
- Avoid “read more”
As much as possible, you should avoid letting them read more of the blog post by clicking on “read more.” You have to remember that your readers do not really like to follow a lot of commands when they visit your blog. It is like getting invited into someone else’s home. You do not like to be instructed on what you should do, do you? You want to create a more succinct blog post for your audience.
- Put them in the right categories
Classify all your entries, even the most personal ones. Not all readers will be interested in knowing about your travels but may want to read what your take is on search engine optimization. It does not matter if a single post will belong to several categories. The most important thing is you can add some sense of organization into your blog.
- Diversify your blog
Even the most famous bloggers in the world are fond of adding pictures, videos, and podcasts into their blog. They let a web designer (or sometimes themselves) spend time developing the most effective and niche-related layout. They produce buttons and icons that readers can use and attach to their own blogs and websites. They provide great downloadable resources such as e-books, reports, and software. They also share links from websites whose information, they think, will be truly helpful to their readers.
- Stick to the rules
Besides keeping in mind the above-mentioned tips, you also need to remember the rules that have been set by search engines such as Google. Your efforts will be in vain if your blog is penalized or worse, banned from these websites. This means that you should avoid keyword spamming. Avoid linking in websites that are actually link farms. Stay away from black hat techniques.