When I think about blogging there are many things that come to mind that I think every blogger should know. If you are a seasoned blogger I am sure you can come up with quite a list yourself. I love reading lists like this as they help me to stay on track. I will sometimes overlook doing something that is really important and reading a list will remind me to do that particular task. I hope that my list will at least be of some help in reminding you of something that is important when blogging. If you are a new blogger maybe these 10 things will help you as you start out. When I started out I had no idea what I should know or do as a blogger. I loved lists that gave me insight into blogging. Just in case you were wondering this list is in no particular order.
Headlines are extremely important. They are what attract people to your post and make them want to read what you have to say. I will say I am not very good at writing great or even good headlines. There are a lot of ways to become better at headlines. One really easy way to start creating good headlines is to start a swipe page. Whenever you see a headline that you like copy it and keep it. Later on when you need a headline just go and look at your swipe file. You can pick one of those headlines that you liked, alter it to fit your post and you will have a great headline. There are also lots of courses out there that will teach you about writing great headlines.
2. People Are Going To Leave Rude Comments
Rude comments are just a fact of life when blogging. The thing you have to remember is you are in control of just what comments show on your blog and what ones get deleted. I have had some rude comments that I actually left on my blog. If I am writing about something that is controversial I know that I may get some comments that are totally against what I have said. In this case I will decide to leave the comment if it is adding value to the post. If I get a comment that is not adding anything of value to my post I will choose to delete it. What comments to show on your post is totally a judgment call on your part. Just don’t take rude comments personally and let them get to you. It happens to all bloggers.
3. Always Use A Call To Action
If you want people to do something you need to ask them to do it. This is a very basic principle for dealing with people. Most people do not do something unless they are asked to do it. If you have ever been in sales you know that the Call To Action is a very important concept for making a sale. If you never ask anyone to buy what you are selling, you will never make a sale. It is the same in blogging. You need to put a Call To Action at the end of your post and ask people to make a comment or share your post with their friends. Your followers will most likely make comments on your post as well as share your post but, if you want others who come to your site for the first time to do anything the Call To Action is very important.
4. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
This one is really simple. If you quote someone or use an image that belongs to someone else give the other person credit.
5. Have Goals For Your Blog
Just like everywhere else you need goals. Goals give you a direction and a plan. If you do not have a plan for your blog, your blog will not have any direction. I love the following quote and think it is really true.
“Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail”
6. Make Sure Everything Is Set Up Right
I think this is really important and something that many people overlook. There are lots of things that need to be set up on a blog. Something I see being missed many times is the social share buttons. Some of these buttons, like Twitter, need to have your information added to them. If this is not done people can not share your post properly on Twitter. It is very frustrating to go to a blog where there are broken links or the social share buttons are not functioning so make sure you check everything out.
7. Use Social Share Buttons
Be sure to put social share buttons on your blog. Without these buttons no one will share your post. It is not that your post can not be shared without the buttons but, if you do not make it easy most people will not do it. Remember, your followers are very busy people. They probably have a blog of their own that they are maintaining and many will have a full time job as well. This makes them very busy people so make everything as easy as possible for them. They will be more apt to leave a comment and share your post if you make it easy.
8. Back Up Your Blog On A Regular Basis
I can not put into words how important this is. I have written a couple of posts on what has happened to me because I did not backup my blog. You can read them here if you would like Oh My @$#%^&%#, I Just Deleted My Entire Blog!!! and My Blog Has Been Hijacked!!. I have also written posts about backing up a blog and restoring it from the backups. I tell how to backup a blog in Oh My @$#%^&%#, I Just Deleted My Entire Blog!!! and how to restore it here How To Restore A WordPress Blog From A Backup! I would highly recommend backing up your blog on a daily or at least a weekly basis.
9. Be Consistent
This coming from someone who has been very inconsistent due to some family issues over the last few months and is seeing the effects of that first hand. Being inconsistent is the death of a blog. I will say that there are times when being consistent is very difficult or even impossible but if you want your blog to make it and be successful you need to make the times of inconsistency as short and few as possible. If you are consistent you will survive and your blog will do really well.
10. Network With Your Blogging Community
None of us can do this alone. It takes all of us to make our blogs survive and become successful. We are not in competition with other bloggers instead we are a team so become friends with your fellow bloggers. Support them and they will support you. Your blogging community is the most important group of people to your blogs success. I have a great blogging community who have supported me through many trials and I don’t know what I would have done with out them. So, get out there and network!
There you have it! 10 things I think all bloggers should know. If you are just starting out this is a great place to start. If you are a seasoned blogger maybe you will be like me when I read lists and find one of these that reminds you of something you have let slide. Either way I hope this helps you in your blogging journey.
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