5 Tips for New Bloggers

5 Tips for New Bloggers

A blog is a place where you can share your thoughts and ideas on either a personal or professional level. But what’s the point of starting a blog if no one wants to read it? Most bloggers aren’t professionals but they’ve learned a few skills that have helped them along the way. Here are a few to get you started:

Choose a Relevant Subject

You should be blogging about a subject you are passionate or knowledgeable about. The more you know about a topic, the easier it will be to write and the less likely you will be to run out of ideas or burn out after working so hard to find one. Business should, of course, blog about subjects relevant to what they do.

Proof Your Articles

The silliest mistake most new bloggers make is forgetting to proof their work before they hit the “publish” button. No one wants to read poorly constructed sentences and most people hate having to decipher abbreviations (especially those that are industry-specific and not known to the general public. Make sure your posts are so interesting that anyone who finds them will want to read them.

Don’t Steal Articles

You might, in a pinch, be tempted to swipe an article off of someone else’s blog or website. Don’t do it. It’s a) very rude and b) represents copyright infringement. If you’re lucky the site owner will simply ask you to remove the stolen material. If you’re not so lucky the owner will ask your webhost to remove your site for lack of compliance or, in some cases, may even slap you with a lawsuit.

Allow Readers to Comment

Some bloggers don’t care about whether or not their readers leave comments but you really should. If you’re running a business you’ll want to hear what your readers think about your business. If you’re a personal blogger you’ll want to encourage conversation. Either way, allowing your readers to participate by commenting and networking will make them feel as though they’re a part of your blog and they’ll be more likely to return.

Make it Easy for Readers to Subscribe

There are a number of different features you can use to allow your readers to subscribe to your blog. You an set up email subscription tools or encourage RSS feed subscription. Either way, make sure something is an alternate method for your readers to get your information aside from visiting the website itself. The odds of seeing return visitors are greater if you can bring your content to them in a format they enjoy.

Keep these things in mind as you begin to build your blog. The easier you make it for your readers to enjoy your content the more likely it is they will return, referring others to your site along the way!

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