With today’s technological age, blogging has become an important part of anyone’s digital presence online. Many people have blogs and if you don’t have one, you could be left in the dust. To understand blogging, you have to know every aspect of it. If this is your desire, then keep on reading.
Make sure that you are accepting and submitting valuable comments. You want to have as many ways as possible for a back link to happen. When you do comment, add your URL so that you will have a link created to your blog. This will make it easy for others to find you.
Use the correct spam filter for comments. If you require registration to comment, a CAPTCHA on the registration page is usually sufficient to keep spammers away. If you allow anonymous comments, an “advanced CAPTCHA,” that is, one that asks the user for “the number of hours in a day” or something similar is usually enough. Avoid services like Akismet, as these produce lots of false positives.
Don’t forget to add social media sharing links on your blog. This will ensure that people can share your blog on their profiles for free. Doing this can increase your traffic by quite a bit. It will keep increasing if the content’s good because people can tell their friends which puts you on multiple pages at once.
Harness the power of web 3.0. The web isn’t just text anymore, so neither should your blog. Use many different types of content to enhance your blog posts. For instance, if you are posting about a trade show in your niche, add a Youtube video of the event so that people can experience it more directly. If you are posting about a new product, include a Flash product demonstration.
Everything you do can end up being the subject of a blog. Take notes when you are away from the computer, if you stumble across an idea that may translate into a post. You want to always keep your eyes open for subject ideas. Writing is the easy part, it’s coming up with the initial concept that usually leads to writer’s block.
Make sure your posts are brief yet to the point. While depth and details are important qualities to keep in mind, going on and on will likely lose the interest of your readers. Those that read blogs aren’t likely to appreciate a Shakespearian ability to describe the most mundane details of a setting. They want a readable blog that gets to the point!
If you want to be a good writer, it is important that you are a good reader. Take the time to actually read what you write about, and enjoy it. When you can read it from a visitor’s point of view, you will be able to get a better understanding of any changes that you need to make to your writing style.
The knowledge you have gained today, should have helped you gain an understanding of what it means to blog and build a digital presence for yourself. Go ahead and share this knowledge with your friends, even the ones that blog already, and see what they have to say about this article and what you have learned.