Blogging is on the rise – no doubt. So is also the rise of blogging tips/advice by quacks (for both newbies and veterans).
Unfortunately, things have seriously changed since the entry into the new Millennium when blogging was in infancy and everything flew.
Today, sadly, there are more failed blogs and bloggers than even the sands on the shore – believe me.
However, if newbie (and to a large extent, ‘oldie’) bloggers pay some attention to tips by seasoned bloggers (such as these), they’ll do just fine.
…and make a ton of money whilst gathering the much sought after authority in the shortest possible time.
However, needing help and realizing that you actually need the help are two very different and radical things. So, if you need the help – and realize so, join me, lets fly!
The tips shared here are valid for the newbie who just began blogging yesterday and well as the seasoned professional who has been blogging over the years but of late, has been overwhelmed about what it takes to record (astronomic) success with his blog.
These tips, accordingly, cut well across…
So, what are these awesome blogging tips for newbies and Probloggers alike?
1. Only Quality will make you Stand Out!
The blogosphere is populated – and near saturated, no doubt.
However, there is a genuine scarcity of bloggers who run blogs that consistently churn out great quality content – brain challenging content that makes every reader of it shake his/her in silent agreement and superior awe.
Content that teaches you something new (no matter your experience level) – and dazzle you along the way in the most creative of fashions…content that makes a reader realize that he/she does not know much after all.
That is the number one secret you’ll have to understand as a newbie or Problogger out there who is interested in taking a blog right through the roof..
When you provide only quality content, be rest assured, there isn’t any competition when you operate on that plane. The number of blogs may run in the millions (or even billions), but believe me, quality blogs are only in the few thousands.
I repeat, only in a sad, few thousands!
Your singular task as a blogger who wants to lead the pack is to write like the Dons do – and provide as much value (if not more) that the crème de la crème do. When you hit this mark, everything becomes magic…you won’t be able to explain it yourself.
2. Authority is More Important than Ever
With the huge clustering of the blogosphere comes a demand for authority from bloggers more than ever…your readers want to know that what you are offering is genuine and was not just picked from any blog or source and tendered.
As a newbie (or Problogger for that matter), it would be a great idea if you focus more on blogging in an authoritative manner.
Blogging with authority would not only garner you readers, it will also earn you respect in the blogosphere faster than you could ever imagine. Believe me, no one is interested in a blogger who has no idea about what he/she is blogging about.
Or blogs in a shamelessly base manner…
But how exactly can I blog with authority, you ask?
There are various ways you can blog in an authoritative manner. A few of them are:
- Only publish what you actually know and trust to be true…nothing annoys more than the discovery that what one has been reading is actually false or poorly thought out!
- Research your posts and make sure you add tremendous value to each entry before you hit ‘publish’. Tremendous value here means, publishing all there is to that entry!
- Answer all questions arising from your blog entries immediately. Only the genuine masters answer questions satisfactorily…or, don’t you think so?
- Publish confidently – nothing annoys more than a blogger who isn’t even sure that what he published is correct! This is clearly portrayed in your ‘body language’ – how exactly you write the entire entry with conviction or lack thereof.
These four (4) tips can certainly send you to another realm of perception so far as your audience and their needs are concerned. Just make certain that you do not miss out on any one!
3. Consistency Still Pays
Being very consistent in your blogging efforts is definitely one of the 7 awesome blogging tips for both the newbie and the not-so-new blogger.
How exactly is that so?
Everyone (without any exception) enjoys fresh content and more than once, has vowed never to waste my bandwidth visiting a site that only updates when the webmaster feels like it. See the catastrophe?
You owe your readers a duty to provide consistent value through your blog. This value should not only be contemplated when you feel like it…it should be set in such a way that at particular times, your readers expect fresh content and you know that you’ve simply got to produce that content! The pattern may be based on a month, week or daily basis – that’s up to you.
But make sure you keep your word and actually deliver the goods!
4. An In-depth Knowledge of SEO is (Still) Very Important
There is nothing that is sweeter than organic traffic! You know why? You get huge tons of traffic and that traffic is highly targeted!
This means that, more than ever, organic traffic is guaranteed to convert in a very brilliant manner, easily turning mere numbers to awesome dollars…
Now, there is something very fundamental here that you have to note: traffic is one thing; traffic that converts is quite another thing altogether.
The first is great, but may leave you with a high bounce rate and quite penniless! However, the second type of traffic, organic traffic is pure gold! When readers land on your site, they are already looking for what you’re offering! I can’t imagine a better Win – Win situation.
But to do SEO correctly, it’s a great idea to actually look at the demands of SEO in this present time, especially, white hat SEO techniques.
Done correctly, you’ll be sure immune to the various search engine updates and constantly maintain their first page, especially the dominance of Google SERPs and all the awesomeness in the world this connotes. This would (sweetly) hold true irrespective of whether you actually promote your content or not.
Now, that’s what I call free traffic for life! How would you call it?
5. Promotion Has Never Been More Important
Assuming there were only 100k websites in the world that would still be quite an intimidating number to get noticed, don’t you think so?
The problem is that we’re not talking of a few thousand here. What is in contention here is actually a number that may be more than half a billion! And this half a billion is shouting for attention like there is no tomorrow!
Now, that’s the type of scenario that easily gets readers confused! So, no matter how good your blog is, or how excellent your ideas are, you simply have to tell the world what you do to really draw the traffic required to be classified a successful blogger!
And that telling is called…promotion!
You can do that via social media, blog commenting (especially on comment luv enabled blogs), social bookmarking sites, guest entries and a plethora of other methods. The keyword here is promotion.
And whatever you do, make sure you promote your site properly and to the right audience!
6. Networking Pays (Big Time)
Blogging in this age and time is hugely dependent on your ability to leverage the power of networking for the overall success of your blog. However, many newbies and some ‘oldbies’ often miss the point! They believe that commenting on other blogger’s entries is a waste of time, so is guest posting!
However, commenting has its unique benefits! When you comment on a blog, this is what you get back:
- A backlink (if it’s a dofollow blog)
- A link back to your most recent blog post (if it’s a CommentLuv enabled blog)
- You display your expertise on the subject matter too. If a reader of that blog likes what you articulate by your comment, great chances are that he’ll follow you down to your own blog.
- You generate traffic back to your own site by means of the anchor text – which is mostly your name or your chosen keyword. The traffic can be monstrous if the site in question is a huge traffic site.
- Finally – and most importantly, you build relationships that makes your host become your friend, promote you and may ultimately ensure a friendship that may well span outside the narrow confines of the internet.
These benefits are also applicable to guest entries…just that there is an added benefit so far as guest posts are concerned: you get a lot more unique visitors and general traffic when you post on a popular blog.
Again, when popular bloggers see you active in their sites, great chances are that they may check you out and share your content to their own network and on social media…or better still, mention you in a post. Can you imagine the benefits of such an action?
And can those benefits be reaped without networking?
This is one blogging tip for newbies both the ‘newcomer’ and pro (if he/she is not already networking) have to take not just serious – but very serious!
7. An Excellent Monetization Method is Compulsory…
Monetizing a blog is the trickiest part of these tips for newbies (and pros alike) you’re most likely to encounter. This is because different niches actually demand different and most at times, radically different monetization methods.
In general, blog monetization is not Adsense implementation neither is it synonymous with it. This is something that you are likely (as a newbie blogger) to fall prey to.
As a matter of fact, Adsense, while great, is actually quite inferior to models such as affiliate marketing and selling products directly.
To be sure that you don’t miss out the great benefits of the various options available to you, it is advised that you try out all the major models: Adsense, affiliate marketing and selling products directly – and stick to, or concentrate more on the options that serve you better or provide the highest ROI.
Don’t forget, blogging is a business. A billion dollar business…be thus smart about it!
Summary and Conclusion
Blogging has since gone past the age of trial and error. Today, blogging is a serious business that pays in the million. However, more than half the total number of bloggers who walk the blogosphere today are in the habit of getting things wrong and ultimately, jeopardizing their chances of making anything meaningful out of their blogs.
This is sad – and extremely pathetic.
It is sincerely hoped – and believed that, with this entry, that reality will be a thing of the past.