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How to become a better blogger

There are blogs all over the web so many bloggers may worry about standing out from the huge pack. Competition is one thing I don’t worry about. Variety is the spice of life and I love that there are so many blogs in different niches to read. I read blog posts written by various bloggers everyday and I love how they each bring something to the table. If you are thinking of how to stand out and become a better blogger, here are some useful tips you may find handy –

 

Bring something to the table

There is no need for a new blog if you have nothing to say. Copying blog posts all over the web and pasting them on your blog won’t get you far. Stealing ideas off other blogs won’t do you any good long term. You need to bring in your own ideas to become a better blogger. Your blog posts have to entertain. inform or educate your readers, or there’s no point in publishing it. Becoming a better blogger means you bring your authenticity to your blog and write in the tone and style that is unique to you. That is one way to stand out from the saturated world of blogging.

 

 

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Make attention to your headlines

This is one area I have struggled on and off in but I a lot better now with my headlines. Catchy headlines get you more clicks, so it is worth paying attention to them a bit more. It is best to keep the headlines below 7 words to get as many clicks as possible (SEO seems to like those best). Also, you should ensure the headline is related to the blog post and not a clickbait like many blogs do. That is just not right in my eyes.

 

Focus on niches you are interested in

When you write about topics you have interest in, your passion shows and that entices your readers even more. It also means you never run out of ideas. There is no point setting up a pet or beauty blog if you run out of ideas after a month of setting it up. Focus on niches you are interested in to become a better blogger.

 

Add Bullet Points

I always use bullet points in my blog posts. They make it easy for me to write and easier for my readers to scan through my posts. If there’s one tip you implement today, it should be this one. Adding bullet points make your posts a lot easier to read.

 

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Share your posts on social media

Sharing your blog posts on social media can bring you lots of practice. My favourite social media platform for traffic referral is Pinterest. I have been getting loads of referrals from there and I am loving it so much. It is also a lot easier to stay active on compared to other social media platforms. I plan to spend more time generating traffic from Pinterest as that is clearly working great.

 

Post regularly

I post regularly on here and I have done so since day 1. Writing gives me pleasure and the fact that it is now a job makes it even more pleasurable.  I am grateful to be able to earn an income while working from home and it is not something I take for granted at all. Maybe that is why I work my behind off on here.

 

Do you blog? How do you plan on becoming a better blogger? And if you don’t blog, what sort of blogs do you enjoy reading and why?

 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great one.

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Giving Your Blog Visitors The Chance To Become Members

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We want the people who read and watch and interact with our content to know just how much we appreciate them for doing so, but how can you show it? Well, you can give them the chance to become a member of your own little corner of the internet – it’s a great way to take your blog a bit further, especially if you know you’ve got something real to offer anyone who signs up.

So with that in mind, here’s just a few tips on how you can give anyone who consumes your content the chance to sign up with you and reap all the rewards for it. Make sure you put these ideas to good use if a simple mailing list just isn’t cutting it for you anymore.

 

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Who knows how many people crowd around a screen to see what you have to say – why not give them some kind of exclusivity? 

 

Offer Them an Incentive to Sign Up

You want your readers to know they can become members, and you want them to be excited about the prospect. Some of them may have been asking for ways to interact better with you, and to contribute more to your blog and its efforts, and some may not be too bothered either way. No matter what opinions your various readers may have, no one is going to become a member for nothing!

So give them an exclusive. They could get to read posts non-members will never, ever see. Maybe they get promo codes sent straight into the inbox, for various other websites across the net that you’ve collaborated with, or for your own shop that you run. You can also give them the chance to submit guest posts for your approval, which is a great way to bulk out your own blog, and for them to shine up their writing portfolio. These are all great incentives for anyone who’s interested in the online world!

 

Give Them a Secure Portal

If people are going to be signing up to have a membership with you, and either pay for the privilege or store some of their personal and private details on your website server, make sure you give them a secure portal to go through. It really is the least you could do!

Make sure your website is secure, first of all, by adding in that sneaky ‘s’ on the end of the ‘http’. Then try to add an SSL certificate to your retail section – this provides users with encryption over any details they might input at the checkout Or maybe you could look into the identity verification service used by millions, and apply similar methods or software and tech to your own blog? These could all work really well for your membership plans!

So, are you ready to take your blog to the next level? You might already be running it as a business, and you’re very happy with how far you’ve come, but remember to give back every once in a while.

 

Blog Engagement v. Blog Followers? Which Is More Important?

Should you invest more in increasing blog engagement or blog followers?

When I was growing my blog, all I thought about was having a long list of followers who would read my blog posts. All this while I worked so hard trying to increase my blog followers that I overlooked the importance of blog engagement.

Your blog followers are people who are devoted readers of your blog. Most times they are the ones who subscribe to your email list to get notified when you have a new blog post.

 

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While blog followers are those who look out for your next blog post, blog engagement is how your readers engage with your blog post. There are many ways your readers can engage with your blog. The most prominent way is when they drop a comment on your blog post. Another way is when they share your blog post on social media.

Both blog followers and blog engagement are important for the growth of your blog. In fact, they work hand-in-hand to help you achieve this goal. You can’t have blog engagement without blog followers and if you don’t have blog followers then you won’t be able to get engagement on your blog.

 

But which is more important?

As a blogger, we’re made to think that having more blog followers is what will make you a successful blogger. And that’s a wrong way of looking at your blogging journey.

It’s the power of the influence you have over your readers that makes you a successful blogger. Building that strong connection with your audience is what makes your blogging efforts worth your while.

That is why I believe that every blogger should focus on building blog engagement over blog following. Shifting my energy to creating quality blog engagement helped me immensely as a blogger. Here’s why:

 

  1. Focusing on blog engagement help me create a strong bond with my audience

While a lot of bloggers see their followers as a number in their vanity metrics, I see them as friends I can have a lovely chat with at a coffee shop. That’s why I ensure that I inspire conversation with my audience. That helps me get to know them more as they get to learn about me from my blog posts.

 

 

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  1. Brands look at blog engagement and not exactly your following

You may have a large reader base but if no one even wants to interact with you, then what’s the point of such a large following? Brands have caught on to the sneaky tricks of some bloggers who try to increase their blog followers without investing in creating quality engagement in their blog post. Brands know that the power of one’s influence is how they’re able to get their audience engaged. And that’s where they’ve got their eyes on.

 

  1. Engagement helps me know exactly what my audience wants

You want to keep creating quality content for your readers. What better way to know what they want than to actually ask them!

When my readers engage with my blog posts, I know right off the bat their problems, pain points and struggles. This helps me come back with a blog post that will help them with just that.

 

What do you think? Which is more important? Blog engagement or blog followers? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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