Truth be told, it seems as if everybody has a blog nowadays. There are other people out there who get paid just to write for other people and companies on the internet. Blogging is so much more than just chronicling your thoughts online and it also takes a long time for you to be able to start earning money from your blog. Patience is needed if you intend to make any money online. If you’re looking for a quick way to make money, blogging is a major de-tour as you will come to realize.
Many people don’t know the secret to a successful and popular blog. The truth is, there really is no secret formula for a popular and successful website. If a magic formula existed, then everybody would follow it and as a result be successful online! There are a few guidelines you can follow however, if you want to raise your chances of success.
Choose a Topic
Write about the things you enjoy writing about. There’s nothing worse than writing about things you don’t love or enjoy just because you’ve heard you can make money doing so. If you love fashion, why not write about the outfits you love? How about the stores you love to shop in? Writing about your interests is a great place to start.
Provide Useful Information
You want to offer high quality and useful information, otherwise you likely won’t attract or keep any readers on your blog. If your blog relies heavily on facts, please make sure that you’re thoroughly checking your fact in order to provide the correct information to your readers.
A major route to success is specialization, you need to find a niche and stick to writing around one main topic. There are many topics out there and you will be very tempted to write about a variety of topic, if you end up writing about all different kinds of topics instead of just focusing on one, you will not be able to build your audience or readers easily. It’s essential that you work around one topic to which you know a few things about and work from there.
Proofread, Proofread and then Proofread Some More!
One of the very first things you are taught early on in life, is to learn how to identify and correct grammatical errors. This means that you need to check over each and every single post that you write before publishing it on your blog. Read over whatever you write, make sure that it makes sense before it goes live. Your blog will appear more credible if your content doesn’t have any spelling errors or other grammatical mistakes.
Don’t Take a Hiatus
Consistency is the key to success when it comes to blogging and most importantly providing your readers with reliable, regular content ensures that they don’t start looking elsewhere for the same information you could easily provide to them. Any regular or returning readers to your blog are more likely to come back to your website in order to see what’s new, so if you stop posting, they will also stop coming to your blog. The ideal number of posts you want to write is at least four posts per week if your blog is fairly new and two posts per week if you have an already established blog. Going on vacation? You can write and schedule a few posts to publish on the specific days you want while you’re gone, there are really no excuses left with the major advances in blogging platforms nowadays.
Take a Minute to Know Search Engines
Knowing how search engines such as Bing, Yahoo and Google use in finding your site, can greatly help you to learn how you can structure your posts to show up higher on the Internet Search Engines, which will then allow you to get more clicks back to your blog and hence build up traffic to your website in general. To make sure that you’re making the most of search engines, make sure that any keywords and tags you intend to rank for show up at the beginning of your article.
Make it Look Good
How your website looks can make or break your credibility, you can’t be advising people about how to create an attractive website, when your website looks like a website that was put together back in 1995! First impressions do matter even if its online, so make yours count in a positive way.