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Use 25 Expert Techniques to Have a Successful Blog

Blogging has been proven and advised to attract large quantities of visitors, readers and, possibly, customers. Whatever your reason to blog is, follow these proven techniques from the experts to become a successful blogger.

Put plenty of effort in your blog

Most beginner bloggers think that blogging is easy. It is, on the surface. However, you may want to know that:

  • it takes time and effort to produce posts
  • it takes time to get noticed
  • it takes time to learn new things in your industry and about your site, such as how to manage your blog, for example

But most importantly, the more you put in your blog in terms of time and efforts, the better it becomes and the more popular it becomes with time. If you just sit and wait, it won't help :)

So be patient and work hard to become successful.

Be an expert in your field

To actually provide value to your readers, you need to know what you are talking about. For that, you can either learn things yourself or, if you are already a professional, provide absolutely useful tips for your readers.

Know your audience

Being in the expert in your field, you are likely to know

If you don't, you'd rather learn all the points above before writing. All this will help you create better and more useful content for your audience.

Write now

Whatever you do, the time will pass anyway. So if you want to achieve something, you gotta do it now, not later.

If you are slow, you may as well forget the interesting idea you had and you'll become overrun with the new issues before you can write about it.

If anything, save an idea or a post draft for future use.

Write a lot

If you want plenty of unique, quality content for your blog to get visitors and links to get more visitors, you need to start now and write a lot.

Write often

You don't have to publish often, but you need to write often to use your time effectively and create better posts. In my experience, writing a post for at least two days increases its quality a lot. A week is better.

Save post drafts

As you write a lot and jot dow your ideas, you will sometimes find that you don't have more thoughts to add to the post. Save it, but don't publish it. Saving drafts is useful, because:

  • you will need less efforts to continue the post on the same idea
  • you will have a post to publish, when you are booked or don't have any ideas what to write about
  • you can create really great posts over a matter of weeks or even months, as you contribute to them as you can

As you can see, carefully organizing your writing and publishing schedule can help you not only produce better, more useful posts, but to provide a consitent flow of reading material for your readers.

Write unique posts

Simply linking to a news story makes little sense, if the Web is already buzzing about it. You'll provide greater value to your readers, if you write about something that no one has written about.

Of course, if you think that some subject is not well covered, you can build an awesome resource (hopefully, timeless) to attract a large number of visitors.

Write researched, useful posts

The quantity doesn't necessarily come from the number of posts, but from their size. Well-researched posts, resource lists and so on are a good start.

Admittedly, post formatting becomes ultimately important here, so you need to use short sentences/paragraphs, lists and subheadings to make things easy to read.

I find that a well researched, thoughtful (and useful) post is much more interesting to the public. It also gets much more traffic and links, but that's another story.

Write concise posts

Interchanging concise posts with large posts will give:

  • you time to create other researched posts
  • you a chance to share a quick tip/thought
  • your readers a chance to read something different

This will help your readers read what you have written, bookmark, share or link to your posts.

For example, posts that:

  • are lists
  • only have images (or just plenty of them)

tend to do good with the people, because they can be easily absorbed and shared.

Write in simple language

If you want your people to understand what you are writing, you need to use the simplest language you can write in. This will help people read and understand the article, so they could share it.

Write personally

Online, people can't see each other and they can only trust by what they read. If you address your readers as you address friends, they will become to know you better and start trusting you, which will turn them into more loyal readers.

Write great titles

Title is the first thing your readers read and it may be the only thing, if the title isn't compelling enough. Stick to the title writing formulas to craft mind-blowing headlines.

Write naturally, for the people

Though some may say that you need to write for the search engines to get search engine ranking, this is largely false.

You can write as you want, for the people, because:

  • if you know your audience, you already their needs
  • you already know the words they use
  • you use the words naturally in the posts and that's what the search engines try to identify and value most
  • most importantlt, your posts will be read by live people and you want them to keep reading, instead of closing the window
  • by using a variety of words, you may find hidden traffic sources the keyword research tools keep quiet about

Format your posts

If you want your posts to be read to the end, you not only need to write for your readers, but format the text in short paragraphs, sentences, bullet lists and subheadings.

Link to your other posts

You want your readers to read all the posts on your blog. For this, you need to link to the posts from the one you are writing now: it will not only get you more readership, but will also help your blog to rank well with the search engines (use call to action and relevant words in the link text).

Link to external resources

If you link to

  • various researches, studies and benchmarks
  • useful blog posts, articles or forum threads
  • other useful sites, tools, etc

you not only show a broader perspective to your readers and help them understand your point of view from the linked to articles, but you also provide them with quality content they can read.

Once your audience starts reading the posts, articles or visiting sites you link to, the people will be grateful for more useful information and websites.

Aim to help other people

Though people often read blogs for fun or entertainment, mostly, they have a problem to solve. Identify the problem and help your readers solve it. That's how your posts will become useful.

Read other blogs

By reading related blogs, you will find:

  • more topics to write about
  • more posts to link to
  • more people to talk to
  • a place to comment on and get some interested readers/subscribers

All this will help you provide better content, have more people to share or bounce off your ideas.

Socialize with people

As you read blogs, you'll find more people that write about what interests you and your readers. You can talk about the subject in the post comments and most likely, the blog author will come to your blog and comment, too.

If your content is good enough, these blog owners will link to you, too.

Establish an authority

By doing all of the above, you get noticed among the people in your industry and establish your authority. This will

  • help your ideas spread
  • get you more interesting things to work on
  • and to know more interesting people in your field

Since visibility and authority is your most valuable asset (along with trust), you can later build something more useful and interesting on it, using your readership to promote/test/improve your new venture.

Make it easy to share

If you want your ideas and posts to spread, you may want to have the following in mind:

No one "sends" an idea unless:

  • they understand it
  • they want it to spread
  • they believe that spreading it will enhance their power (reputation, income, friendships) or their peace of mind
  • the effort necessary to send the idea is less than the benefits
  • No one "gets" an idea unless:

  • the first impression demands further investigation
  • they already understand the foundation ideas necessary to get the new idea
  • they trust or respect the sender enough to invest the time
  • (from "What makes an idea viral" by Seth Godin)

    So, basically, besides having useful posts, you may want to make it really easy to share your stories.

    Additionally, you can use various social bookmarking buttons, like the ones you see under this post, to remind people to bookmark the post and share it with others on the sites they frequent. Needless to say, the sites need to be targeted at your audience (such as Sphinn for Internet marketers, for example).

    Participate in social sites that interest you

    If you want to:

    • be on the edge of your industry news
    • read plenty of interesting stuff
    • meet lots of people with similar interests

    then you need to take part in the social sites that match your blog topic. For example, for bloggers (Internet marketers, SEOs, web designers, usability professionals, etc), you can try:

    • Sphinn (Search Engine Marketing)
    • PlugIM (Internet Marketing)
    • del.icio.us (General, active in most topics)
    • Tweako (Web developers, mostly, but suitable for related topics)
    • Dzone (Web developers)

    One social network I particularly like is StumbleUpon. It rocks, because:

    • you only get to view sites that match your interests
    • you can meet other people with similar interests
    • you can get visitors to your website, if someone stumbles your website

    As you take part in the social networks, more and more people, whose interests match yours and the topic of your blog, start visiting your blog. They may very well add your posts to the social networks, because they like it and know you from the social site (you are online friends, remember?)

    Note: participating in social networks, because it is fun, is vastly different from submitting all of your stories to the site. The best way to socialize is to contribute useful posts and articles that you find around the web.

    Share your own stories

    If you truly think that your post is worth sharing (you should get the feeling about a great post, if not, improve it), you may want to

    • share it with the people you know in the industry
    • submit to relevant social bookmarking sites using descriptive and interesting titles and descriptions - or ask someone with a high profile to do it(though Digg doesn't like self-promotion)

    Note: this only works if your post is astounding, like the post about the titles linked to above. Only do what you feel right, otherwise you'll ruin your reputation by spamming your friends, industry experts and social sites.

    For example, if you have a post about blogging, you can catch the train with the 31 Days Group Writing Project (that only runs in August) at ProBlogger and submit your post to the project.

    Have an easy to read and use blog

    How easily your readers read and navigate around your blog can really help your visitors read your posts. For example, you can:

    • name your categories using words that relate to your visitors
    • have clear, distinct categories
    • offer related posts for your posts
    • make your text readable, as well have a readable font (Verdana 10pt works nicely, as on this blog)
    • link to your older posts
    • use a descriptive call to action in link text
    • reduce clutter on your blog (only leave the most necessary plugins on, such as related, recent posts and social bookmarking buttons

    Your site may have other interesting features to keep your readers happy:

    Rounding up

    Knowing all the important moments in mind will help you start building a greater blog from the beginning, bringing you well deserved readers, recognition and, possibly, profit.

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    Comments

    Dear Yuri,
    Read your post about the 25 techniques you have deliberated upon. I liked your material and the writing style. Great! Thanks.

    Thanks, Amiya :)

    These tips are very useful and helpful for bloggers, who want to make their sites authority.

    Never a truer word said :)

    Great post - thanks

    PP

    This post should be the 25 essentials of blogging... I like the recommended social sites list. Quite useful!

    hi Yuri,

    This was really a valuable post which will help the bloggers think and write a better post as well as have a successful blog. A successful blog is well written, regularly updated and have your own distinct voice, open and responsive, well designed and have a great content and etc. And all of these are on your 25 Expert Techniques. A Great Post!

    Thanks, folks. Glad you liked the post.

    Do you have something to add to the post?

    Thanks for the post, it has given me a lot to think about!

    Yuri you have done a great job of pointing out what we as bloggers need to be doing to increase our readership and bottom-line.

    Most bloggers, my self included on my bad days, tend to feel rushed to get posts online and that leads to poor quality posts. I try to really think about what I want my readers to experience when they arrive at one of my pages but I have to almost beat myself into slowing down and producing quality instead of quantity.

    I am printing out your post and keeping it close.

    Thanks for your time and effort Yuri, keep it up.

    James, I am guilty of neglecting some stuff from the list, too, albeit less often lately, especially, when it is Thursday and I haven't posted anything for a week.

    Though yes, the biggest rule is probably "The more you put in it, the more you get from it".

    Cheers.

    Hi Yuri , this just reminded me of Tom Peters' In Pursuit of Wow .Thats the feeling one gets from your post ...simple ,lucid and with a lot of empathy for the reader . Would like to see more in future
    Subhashis

    Hey Dude,

    I'm bit of a SEO noob - I like stumble upon too. Besides the traffic, does stumble upon have any value in terms of search engine optimization? Like can you get links from there?

    Cheers
    James

    Subhashis, glad you liked the post. Thank for your comment.

    James, social sites are mostly useless in terms of direct link building. But, if you create awesome content and get popular on those sites, the throngs of visitors will eventually link to your site a lot. That's the most important part of social media that helps SEO.

    I building a blog to help bring traffic to my site. But those tips can even help me build traffic to my website. Thanks.

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