Blogging tips are shared by the top professionals across the web on a daily basis, but do you want to be the most popular blogger in the planet or at least, the most successful blogger in your niche. Every blogger when they start their blogging journey has similar dreams. But there are very few bloggers who are able to take themselves from being another blogger to a successful professional blogger.
You cannot become successful overnight; you need to work hard and gain and share lots of knowledge about your targeted niche through your blog posts and guest posts. You can measure your success through different metrics like number of visits your blog is getting or how many followers you have on different social media networks or how much money you actually are able to make from blogging. Different people can have difficult parameters to judge their success with blogging as they can have different blogging goals.
List of Blogging Tips to Become a Successful Blogger
In today’s special guest post, I’m going to share 10 blogging tips that should help you attain lots of success from blogging and thus will help you become a successful blogger.
1. First Impression is the Last Impression
If your blog don’t have decent layout and your blog readers are finding it hard to read your actual content, you need to fix it as the first priority item. It’s your blog design which is first viewed by your blog readers and if they don’t like it, they will simply close it and move to the next website.
So you need to make sure, there are no unwanted pop ups, too many ads above or around your actual content and no in-text ads. You should start observing your blog from the eyes of your blog readers and try to imagine what you would like to see after opening it and what are the problem areas. You could even take advice from your friends to improve the overall design and functionality of your blog. Your navigation links structure should be very clear and there should be a mention for each content type you cover on your blog.
2. Content Quality Matters the Most
It’s your content's quality which matters a great deal. If it’s really good, it will motivate your blog readers to visit your blog again and again to read your latest blogging tips and keep up with your posts. You should use relevant and interesting images and videos to make your posts more interesting. No one loves to read a blog post carrying 1000 of words without a single image being used.
It’s also well said, a picture is worth a thousand words. You should proofread your blog posts for grammatical and sentence related errors before scheduling on your blog. It can be really irritating if you are reading a blog post that contains too many errors as it’s blog owner is unable to differentiate their and there even. One more thing, you should create an eye catching title for your blog posts.
It’s your blog post title that people see first when they browse your blog post listing in search engines. In case they don’t find it interesting, they will simply ignore it and switch to the next search engine result. So you have very few seconds to convert an impression into an actual click. Blog posts with eye catching headlines get better CTR (Click through Rate) in search engine results and other places of listings.
3. Write Guest Posts for Other Blogs
Write guest posts for other blogs in your targeted niche is one of the best things you could do to become a successful blogger. So the trick here will be making a list of most popular blogs in your niche and approach them with high quality guest posts. You can use MyBlogGuest community website to find targeted blogs for guest blogging. You can even get a list of around 200 blogs that allows guest blogging on Bloggers Passion blog where Anil Agarwal has shared all important metrics for blogs like their page rank, Alexa Rankings, contact details and guest blogging guidelines. So what are you waiting for? It’s action time, just go and publish your guest posts on top blogs in your niche to take your blogging journey to greater heights.
4. Reply to Comments
You should reply to comments coming on your blog posts. If you are not replying comments, don’t expect lots of comments appearing on your blog posts from genuine blog readers. If you are trying to answer most of questions you are getting from your blog readers in the form of comments, overall traffic and number of comments you are receiving on your blog posts will also increase to great extent. Your blog readers will also get the feeling there is someone who is not only listening their thoughts but also sending his own responses. Apart from your own blog posts, you should check your guest posts on regular basis and reply to incoming comments. But before doing any commenting activities, you should set an avatar for you on Gravatar.com.
5. Learn the Basics of SEO
You should start learning the basics of SEO. It will be your SEO skills that will take you from being an average blogger to a successful blogger. You need to look at maximum ethical methods to drive traffic to your blog from search engines. You should use targeted keywords in your blog post URL, Title, meta tags, as an alternative text with images, heading tags and few times in your actual blog content. You should interlink your blog posts where they make sense. Apart from this, you should link out to trusted websites to give additional information about a topic to your blog readers.
If you are blogging on WordPress and don’t know much about SEO and Onpage Optimization techniques, there are some plugins that can help you in perfecting the Onpage optimization activities on your blog posts and pages. You can give a try to Easy WP SEO plugin, which use 23 Onpage SEO factors while calculating the SEO Score for your blog contents.
6. Do Some Link Building Activities
No doubt guest blogging on other blogs will help you get some high quality backlinks for your blog from popular blogs in your niche. Apart from guest blogging, there are lots of traditional link building methods that you should adopt for generating more targeted backlinks for your blog. You cannot get much traffic to your blog without link building activities if you are blogging about a competitive niche. Some of link building activities you can adopt can be doing blog commenting activities on other blogs in your niche, submitting articles on ezine publishing websites and submitting your blog into high PR blog directories.
7. Create a Strong Presence on Social Media Websites
If you have been following search engine trends for some time, you would have clear idea about the importance of social media signals. You need to make sure your blog has a strong presence on Social Media networks like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.
Are you allowing your blog readers to share blog posts of their interest on social media websites, if no start doing it now? Add links and icons for popular social media websites on your blog sidebar and at post level. If you are using WordPress as your blogging platform, there are plugins like Digg Digg that will allow you add stylish share bar for these websites in your blog contents. Check out Ms. Ileane's post to learn How to Boost Your Brand on Facebook and Drive Traffic To Your Blog.
8. Improve Speed of Your Blog
You need to look at all possible ways to improve the speed of your blog. If you are adding images, you should optimize their sizes before uploading on your blog. You should enter cleaned HTML into your blog posts. If you are blogging on WordPress, there are plugins that can help in improving the performance of your WordPress blog. You could use W3 Total Cache plugin for content caching and WP Optimize for database cleaning. You can expect a better ranking for your blog on Google with improved speed as sometime back Google included page speed as one of rankings factor in its search engine algorithms.
9. Improve Engagement on Your Blog
You should write engaging content on your blog. You should give a personal touch to your blog posts. You should ask questions; take advice and feedback from your blog readers. Apart from writing engaging content here's a few more useful blogging tips – you should interlink your blog contents; use related posts, creating polls and surveys etc. on your blog. Install the CommentLuv plugin to encourage visitors to leave comments and interact with one another.
10. Monetize Your Blog
If one of your primary goals behind blogging is earning cash, you should start monetizing your blog once you start seeing some traffic on it. No doubt there are hundreds or even thousands of websites claiming to help you make money from your blog, but don’t believe on all of them. Google Adsense is still the most popular and most used monetization method used by content rich websites and blogs. If you are blogging about a particular niche, you can try selling some products based on your niche through your blog.
Please share your blogging tips and success story in the comments section below.