As a blogger I have had to change my entire approach to content writing and delivering great information to my readers. Some of these strategies have now elevated my traffic where I am starting to see tremendous success on my website. Have you been struggling with a content management plan? Do you find challenges blogging? Some of these tips could jump start your blogging aspirations The following tips can be used to give your blog a jump start it needs Get in the habit of writing frequently Leave comments for other blogs and in turn they will reciprocate Engage with the people commenting on your blogs Distribute your posts through your social funnels and outlets Blog on a popular keyword or search term at least once a week Make it easy for people to subscribe and share your content Become a better writer at headlines Utilize a blogging calendar similar to an editorial calendar Link your blog to the blogosphere and feed burners Pay attention to SEO when writing while still showing passion Become a guest blogger or allow guests posts Set some time for your blog daily as well as content research Use email marketing campaigns to promote your blog or blog posts Utilize google webmaster tools, google alerts, analytics, google plus and google reader. Link to other blogs related to your industry Capitalize on media and video Focus on the user experience Have you attempted to use any of these guidelines to jump start your blog. What were your results?
Review each of the sections and use what you makes sense for you. I’ve included:
- My Google trick for finding diamond-studded blog post ideas - A nice little plugin that makes creating email optin forms super easy - A twist on guest posting that should make you smile - A few of my proven post-writing tricks - How to protect your blog from being hacked by some pimply North Korean teenager - Easy ways to keep track of your blog ‘s performance
And other assorted bits and pieces that I’ve uncovered over the last year or so. Enjoy.
If it were, we wouldn’t keep killing communication. Here are three ways to stop killing communication:
# 1 Wake up and face reality Don’t ignore reality. Or ignore facts. Or ignore you audience. It’s not about you. It’s about them. Reality is their reality.
# 2 Kill your darlings Whether it’s an idea or a process or editing information, killing your darlings is difficult. But, reality says people can only absorb communication in certain ways. So force yourself to keep it simple.
# 3 Stop skipping steps It’s tempting to skip steps. We are often short on time, money and everything else. Ask yourself:
- What’s my business goal? - Who is my audience? - What is the message? - What content tells the message? - Which channel is best? - Is it working?
It’s often the beginning and the end that get overlooked. If communication isn’t aligned with the business or measured….what’s the point?
From the inspirational breakfast meeting with Rachel Thölix at JG COMMUNICATIONS.
Most of my internet marketing friends and myself write blogs in advance. Sometimes we even write stuff out for content to be published a month out. I currently have 20 articles set to auto publish for the next few weeks and I currently have about 20 other drafts that I am currently working on. We blog for the future because this way we are never worried about the current or present blog situation. We publish content that is ready at the present moment and we write out new blog posts for content we will publish in the future. This way I am never at pressure to come out with urgent content and I can also take time off on a vacation without worrying about content.
I started implementing this strategy at the start of this year and I have successfully managed to post 5 blog posts a week. What strategy are you implementing for your blog?
Anna Rydne says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. August 13, 2012 at 8:14 am Thanks for the post! I think it’s a necessity to plan ahead if you’re aiming for a successful blog: figure out which posts should go in which order, planning for a series etc. And planning definitely makes you more relaxed to your blogging approach. Knowing you have relevant content going out relaxes your mind and make your brain invent even more relevant posts. Thanks again for sharing!
How do you make your story compelling? Here are 10 tips for telling a good tale:
- Know your audience - what are their needs and interests, what issues matter to them? If you work in an organisation, listen, ask questions, collect evidence, engage with differing perspectives beforehand - Connect by adding a human element to your story…connect the abstract, numbers, data to someone - Keep it short, simple and relevant to the context - Appeal to shared values and beliefs - Be authentic and speak from the heart – your passion and sincerity will shine through - Be inclusive and use ‘we’ and not ‘I’ , ‘they’, ‘them’ - Engross your audience with the use of metaphors, analogies and make use of specific details - Bring your characters to life – appearance, occupation, department they work in … - Base your story on reality…otherwise you will get found out eventually - Make use repetition – memorable phrases or sound bites