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5 Tips for Building a Successful Blog

We can all name a few blogs that would be categorized as huge successes.  But they didn’t get that way overnight.  Each blogmaster was very deliberate when it came to the steps they took that eventually got them to where they are now.  So, what can you do to put your blog on the path to future success too?  Use these tips to begin building a successful blog today.

1. Be true to yourself
 Write posts from your heart.  Be personal.  While a lot of posts are meant to be informative or instructional, that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own touches on them and use first person language (ex. I, me, mine).  The most successful blogs are those that are both professional and personal.  Let your readers get know you through your blog and you will have a better chance of success.

2. Make it useful
 Most of the popular blogs are popular because they are useful.  Yes, there are some phenomenons, but for the most part readers subscribe to a blog because the posts are helpful and increase their knowledge on a topic that they are interested in.  Approach every post from the reader’s perspective.  How realistic is my how-to post?  Is this new information that readers haven’t heard before?  Your goal is to be the know-all, end-all blog in your particular niche and the way to do that is to post dangerously useful content.

3.  Social media-ize your blog
 Bluntly put: you can’t afford to NOT take full advantage of social media.  It’s so simple to use and can have a good return on time-investment if you regularly use it.  Use Twitter to push your posts and interact with readers, and get on Digg, delicious, and StumbleUpon.  In addition, the power of networking with other bloggers should not be underestimated.  Find the big, well-established blogs in your niche and send them a link to a post of yours (only if it’s AMAZING and their readers will find it very interesting). Keep in mind, that 99% of the time, you won’t hear back from them because they get hundreds of spam messages and emails like yours every day.  However, you may just get lucky once or twice which is all you need!

4.  Use attention catchers
 Attention getting images and titles should become best practice for your blog.  Usually your image and title is what the reader sees first.  If they aren’t compelling enough, they won’t read any further and perhaps move on to the next blog that’s similar to yours.  However, if you have a great image and title, that brings you one step closer to winning over a new reader.

5. Interact with your readers
 When a reader takes the time to read your post, digest it, and leave a comment, that’s pure gold.  You don’t want to leave them hanging out to dry!  Since a blog is really just a big conversation, take the time to read your comments and respond to them.  Whether you reply with  a quick “thanks for your input!” comment or answer any questions, this goes a long way with readers and will keep them coming back for more.  In addition, don’t forget to respond to those following you on social media channels.  If a follower replies to one of your tweets, make sure you respond.  People want to get to know the mastermind behind the blog, so show yourself through your interactions!

Now that you have these important tips under your belt, you can begin your journey to a successful blog now!  The best way to learn is to try these steps and see which ones work best for you and be ready to tweak and hone them to fit you and your blog.  You too can create a popular blog.  All it takes is a little discipline and deliberation.  Happy blogging!

About the author:  Julia is a writer passionate about health, fitness & blogging. When she’s not running her dog she can sometimes be found writing about Smartlipo, cooking and a myriad of other topics.

Technology

Interesting Incidents In The Internet World In 2010

There are many interesting, surprising and bizarre incidents that took place in the lives of our celebrated internet entrepreneurs and internet companies. This post is a quick compilation of interesting incidents in 2010 related to internet entrepreneurs.

Kanye West Performs At Twitter Headquarters

This one takes the cake away for being among the most amusing things that happened in 2010. When people set up a Twitter account or create a new Facebook fan page – they begin to belt out their updates. Kanye West went a step ahead in the July of 2010 when he performed at the Twitter headquarters.  The mammothly successful internet company also put up photographs of Kanye West’s visit on its company Twitter Office Flickr page.

This was no big deal for him though. Earlier, Kanye West also stopped by the offices of Facebook in Palo Alto, California, to preview several brand-new tracks for a roomful of rather awestruck Facebook employees.

Google Releases List Of Strangest Searches By American Users

Google tabulated a funny list of the strangest searches of the year, based on its American users.

They are:

— Can a horse have OCD?

— Am I bipolar or overachiever?

— Why are Americans afraid of dragons?

— Ninjas are better than pirates

— Why is a raven like a writing desk?

— Why does Brian Wilson dye his beard?

— Should I marry him?

— I wish I could speak whale

— Why couldn’t you stand on the sun’s surface?

— Why does my baby grunt?

Italian Woman Places Charges Against Virtual Facebook Burglar

Do you call yourself a Facebook addict? Well, then you might be in for some tough competition. In a bizarre case, Paola Letizia has filed charges against an unknown user for breaking and robbing a house, the one which exists not in the domain of physical reality but inside a Facebook game in the virtual world. The hacker had cracked her password and stripped the virtual house inside the game “Pet Society”. Paola Letizia had decorated the home for her virtual cat, which to her relief has been left behind, and the list of stolen items indicate a loss of $140. The case has been handed to the National Post Office for investigation.

Steve Jobs Proves He’s Human

Photos posted on  the popular tech blog – TechCrunch created ruffle when Apple demi-god, CEO Steve Jobs was spotted in San Francisco hotspot Flour + Water over the weekend. Soon there were many parodical stories that did the rounds of the internet. One of the best that I found was that of – eSarcasm. They are a must read if you have a good sense of humor!

Mark Zuckerberg’s Girlfriend Demands A Contract

After graduating in spring 2007, Priscillia Chan finally took the Facebook job in July 2010 and moved to California. Not that she was an easy hire: Zuckerberg’s long-distance sweetheart demanded a contract specifying one date per week and 100 minutes of alone time, minimum, before agreeing to move out West.

Hope you enjoyed the post! 🙂

Marketing

3 Ways Twitter Can Help Your Internet Business

Twitter is an asset to internet business. In any business there are three important parts – customers, your company and its competition. Twitter as a social media, can help you in all of these three aspects. It can help you update yourself on your competition, what your clients are talking about you and in your brand management.

Here is a more detailed explanation of how Twitter can help you in your business:

Keeping Track of Competition

You will have other companies in your industry who are competing for the same customers as you. Twitter will help you look for other people in your field and follow them. Keep track of them and see what new initiatives are making them tick and what is not. It is very important you track your competition because inaction to their progress can backfire on you.

Keeping Track of Clients

Follow clients who have used your services or are clients of your products. This gesture in itself will make them fans of your customer feedback. By following their tweets, you can understand what is important to them. Tailor your products and services accordingly and it will be very helpful in the customer satisfaction of future clients.

Keeping Track of Yourself

Apart from tracking of your competition and your clients – Twitter is very good to keep a tab on what people are talking about your business. You can search Twitter for your company name or products. Check if people talk about it and what they say. Is it good? Thank them. If it is not, get their feedback. What is lacking? This is also known as brand management. Twitter can come in as a very effective brand management tool.

How do you use Twitter in your business?