Hi, Al Bargen here. Blogging has been on the rise for quite a few years now. And for all the doubters, I am here to say that blogging is here to stay. Blogging has many advantages, the most important of them all is that it is accessible to everyone, more than 10 million people are bloggers, even if it’s only on a small scale.
Of course blogging has its challenges, one of the biggest ones is coming up with original content. This can be quite difficult from time to time, especially on topics that have been covered extensively by others. There are certain steps that if followed correctly could help you build a great blog and most importantly share great content.
- First of all you have to understand your audience. – What do they know, and what do they want to know more about?
- Choose a great topic and a catchy title. – This should be self-explanatory.
- Write an intro. – You need to captivate your readers with those precious first few lines. If you don’t lure them at the beginning they surely won’t finish reading your post.
- Organize your content. Organize ideas, write them on paper if necessary, do one, two or more drafts.
- Write the Content.
- Format. – It has to be visually attractive, use tags that people are looking for. Bulleted, or numbered lists work well.
- Optimize for SEO. – This is one of the hardest things to do in blogging, but if done correctly this will help you achieve success.
Even though these are the basic steps to be followed, there are certain recommendations that will ensure that your post has many views and comments.
- Use In-text links as well as sidebars, banners and social sharing buttons.
- Use great blogging platforms. (We personally use WordPress and fully endorse it)
- Before you publish, fine tune it, proofread it, leave it a few minutes, hours or days on standby, and after you are 100% satisfied… publish it.
- Use Images
- If you curate content or if you base some of your ideas on others people work then by all means give credit to whomever you borrowed your information from.
- When in doubt of a fact, or point, always do your research.
And lastly, remember, the simple act of writing makes you write better. Practice. Write over and over again, eventually you’ll be an old pro. Who knows, maybe there’s a Pulitzer prize waiting for you just around the corner.
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