I’m still relatively new to the blogging scene so this article was a nice find for me. These tips are nifty because a blog is also a way to market yourself and, of course, you want to make a great impression on your audience. Out of the 26 ways posted, I found these seven tips the most useful. All thanks to Social Media Examiner for the original list.
1.) Blog as a Hub – It is easy to get overwhelmed by the vast amount of news everyday. My favorite kind of blogs are the ones that filter out all the articles I don’t have any particular interest in and focuses in on what really interests me. I am aiming to do the same thing with my blog.
2.) Editing - I am a stickler for grammar! Typos and grammatical mistakes always put a damper on whatever I am reading. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for my own mistakes on the blog.
3.) Frequency - Infrequent posts are an inconvenience for readers (well, at least to me). Unpredictability with posting just comes off as unorganized. I’ll try my best to avoid that. Right now, I have set out to post an article every Monday — so far, so good.
4.) Infographics – I look forward to posting some social media-related infographics at a later date. These illustrations are a fun way to display information that could be bland in a basic text format.
5.) Optimizing Blog Posts – Search engine optimization is crucial when trying to promote yourself. As it said in the article, if you smartly utilize the tags in your posts, it should help with your blog’s SEO. Something I will also try to incorporate as I continue to learn new things.
6.) Voice – This is an interesting and useful tip that makes a lot of sense in setting the tone for your blog. This factor definitely attracts the audience that you want reading your posts. A professional tone is more likely to elicit more concise responses while a more casual tone may have readers commenting in a looser fashion. I’m trying to hit the middle ground with voice, professional in an approachable sense (I hope that made sense).
7.) Readability – If there’s one thing people most people have in common when browsing the internet, it’s a shortened attention span. If you can’t grab the interest of whoever reading what you post, they’re probably going to go on the next article or website looking for an interesting read. I believe in the old adage “quality > quantity”, so I am going to stray away from essay-like posts and more focused analysis.