If you are considering starting a blog, either for business or for personal use, you may feel like you don’t exactly know where to start. For those who have had a blog for some time and feel like they have yet to achieve the numbers that they should, welcome to the right place to start. Throughout this article, you can learn the dos and don’ts of blogging. Hence the simplified title.
Let us start off by stating that among the world-wide web, there are overwhelming amounts of blogs active to date. Some good, some not-so-good, some horrific. Though several different blogs could be listed as examples to all of these categories, let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty of the things you should do, and things you should avoid when writing a blog.
Things You Should Do
First off, the main idea behind a blog is to get traffic and views. You want interaction in your comments, and recognition of your work. So here are ways to bring those wants to reality:
Be active with your readers
By responding to your comments, and answering your questions, you are creating a relationship with your readers. In that they are likely to return, share your blog, and suggest your blog to others. It shows a general interest in more than just yourself, but an interest in those who support you.
Imagery and Links
Not every blog should link to 50 different relative sites, however, using links to give credit and/or reference points is ideal. Images and visual representations are always welcoming to aspiring readers in order to create and hold interest.
Be Honest, Trustworthy
This can be done in several different ways. For starters, don’t be a fool. Make sure everything you blog about is honest, researched and expressed from your own mind and not from the minds of others. Be someone your readers can relate to, and trust for their information intake.
Share the Love
Do not be afraid to link your blog, or specific blog posts to multiple social media sites within your permissions. This is a great way to connect with other writers, new readers, and additional topics to touch on in future posts.
Stay on Point
It is ideal to stay focused to the goal of your blog. The goal of your blog is appeasing to your target readers. By doing this you are able to maintain a focus on your reader’s interest with the right categories within your expertise.
Things you Should Avoid Doing
There are many ways you can make errors when writing blogs, and many people seem to fall into bad habits of these while writing their blogs. Here is a small list of don’ts.
Sometimes a subject comes up that a small word count just won’t cover, so don’t focus on just a targeted amount of words. Look more for the point of the blog and what it takes to make that point noticeable. Not saying short blogs are bad, but sometimes you have to use more than 500 words to express yourself on certain subjects.
Don’t be Unrealistic
If your blog is a tip page, or advice column, make sure your points and arguments are reasonable. Make sure goals you set are achievable, and don’t make claims that you cannot or will not follow through with as far as subjects or posting schedules.
Spell Check Specialists
Make sure your blogs are legible and properly written. You want to be taken seriously, then take yourself seriously, always check your grammar and spelling. If you, or a reader, points out a typo or grammatical error, make sure to fix it swiftly in order to maintain a professional appearance.
Long Winded Sentences
This goes for sentences and paragraphs. Sometimes short and sweet is ideal for your blog. Many people grow weary reading giant block of text and run on sentences. You are writing blogs, not books.
Don’t Focus on Single Subjects
Make sure that you try to explore and expand your blog with different topics and subjects. Your blog will grow over time, but when writing blogs, you want to make sure you are bringing new and exciting things to the readers.
You are not a rapper making a name. Do not reach out and slap the nearest blogger, and do not draw negative attention or outlooks to yourself or your blog. Staying positive, or at worst, realistic is a sure-fire way to maintain viewers.
We hope you have found uses for these tips about writing blogs, if you feel you have any comments or questions feel free to share them. If you feel you need help with your blogs, contact us and we can help you get it on the right track.