Happy Monday!!!! It has been a busy week since Belinda arrived home on Wednesday with 3 friends from North Carolina. As crazy as it has been, I love having kids in the house again – YES, I am that crazy momma that wants all of the kids at the house.
I just realized that TODAY is Day 500 of blogging. WOW! Who would have thought a simple challenge would still be going on. When I tell people that I blog, the first question that they ask is “what do you write about” and the next one is “who reads it”. Well, on most days, the writing part is easy because I LOVE to write and share all of the tidbits of information that are in my brain. The second, I really can’t answer because I don’t know. No, I don’t check my dashboard on a desperate hunt to see who has read my blog. I really don’t want to know because I am afraid that if I do see the numbers, I might get discouraged. I will say that the only that that I really tweet is my blog and some random posts so when I see new people following me, I am guessing it is because of my blog…this is a good thing.
I have seen lots of articles from a wide variety of people on blogging…Here are some tips from Entrepreneur.com
1. The article needs a point. I typically have a point, I know that some may disagree but I try to share things I have learned that may help others in their business. Usually, I am motivated by something that has happened personally or something that I have read or learned at a training. I try to use key words that will draw people to my blog as well as want to continue to read it.
2. Images. I have to admit, I don’t always have an image but I know that I should. Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in the writing that I forget the pictures help to tell a story too. People are drawn to pictures…
3. Structure. In order to communicate a concept, you need to organize your thoughts. Otherwise, you’re going to have a scattered assembly of sentences and statements. Okay, so this is definitely NOT one of my strong points. I mean, I try to stay on topic but feel that I would rather share then sound like a term paper.
4. Unique content. You need to have a unique angle, approach, or spin. Second, you need unique content. You hopefully wouldn’t copy and paste content from another site onto your own. I am not sure about this… I really like adding information from other bloggers and from articles then sharing my perspective on things.
5. Substantial length. I remember being told that 600 words was a good length. I mean it shouldn’t be a book, right? I found it odd that the recommendation from this article was 1,000 – 1,500 words.
6. Internal linking. I love doing this, linking to my own as well as others web sites. Hopefully, the links are things that people are interested in. The recommendation is 3 – 10 links per post. WOW! Maybe I need to rethink how many I have each day.
7. Attention to proper spelling and grammar. This seems like a no brainer. I mean who would want to read an article that is full of typos or grammar errors? I will admit, it happens sometimes, I mean we are human, right?
8. A call to action. The call to action is the magic ingredient that makes a blog post worth it all. Every post needs a call to action. The reader is ready to respond, to do, to click, to engage.
So, what other must-have blog tips would you suggest? Are you ready to start blogging yet???
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!