When it comes to blogging, everyone wishes to be on top of the game. But gaining popularity and building your way to success is usually a hard road ahead. It usually involves lots of hard-work ranging from guest posting, blog commenting, article directory submission, social bookmarking and back-linking building.
I guess you are getting scared? Don’t worry, i’ll explain the various strategies you need to implement in order to build a popular and successful blog. It’s quite easy if you understand and implement them rightly. Read carefully the below tips, they actually worked for me in improving my blog.
Tips To Building a Successful Blog
1. Content Is King
I know you must have read this a million times, but it is one true fact that can’t be overlooked. I came to realize and learn over the years that writing quality content really pays off in the long run. One thing that helps me in making my blog more popular is because I source and write great contents. If you can prepare a list of content ideas, it gives you the opportunity to source for information, learn about the subject matter and deliver super articles. There are a couple of places I source for content ideas such as;
- Question and Answer Websites like Yahoo Answers, Wiki Answers etc
- Adwords Keyword Analytics Tool
- Forums related to my blog Niche
- From Comments on previous blog post
- Youtube videos
The list for content generation ideas goes on and on.
Must Read: Tips To Write Catchy Headlines
The second part of content is adding images to your blog post. People tend to get attracted to images more than text, in fact that must have led to the general saying that images speak more than a thousand words. Make sure you add images to all your blog post, and then optimize them for search engines using the alt tag. Google Image search can become a source of traffic for you as I’ve been enjoying this benefit lately on my blog.
Coming over to the subject of length of your articles, it all depends on you. Short and interesting articles gain more share and lengthy ones tend to bore people away from experience. Do not over do things, for me blog posts with about 800 words is on the average and works greatly in terms of conversions, comments and social media share.
If you can write quality contents that adds value to your readers, then you are about 30% to building a successful blog.
2. Promote Your Blog Articles
Building a successful blog does not end by creating wonderful contents only, you have to promote your blog articles to reach your target audience as a matter of fact. Without the traffic (targeted audience), then you will probably go out of business and your efforts in creating the contents would be such a wasted effort. There are a couple of ways to promote blog articles which you probably do not know about. Here are some of them
Social Media: Social Networking sites are great places to promote your blog post content, concentrate on a few social media sites for a start before experimenting with all others. Some of the social media sites to harness are Facebook (Facebook groups work great), Twitter (Retweet at others, and also make use of hash tags), Google + (join blogging communities) . They have really helped improve my online presence. Some other tools to try are EasyRetweet and JustRetweet, make a little Google search on those terms for more details.
Join Blogging Communities: There are lot of blogging communities you can join in order to promote your blog among other bloggers and gain popularity. Some of them include Bizsugar, BlogEngage, Blokube and more. Google is your friend if you wish to find more about them.
Make sure you promote your blog on any platform you find the chance to, it would help you in building a successful blog for yourself.
Must Read: Things needed to become a successful blogger
3. Link Building
Link building is a vital point if you wish to get search engine traffic to your blog. There are a couple of places and ways to build backlinks that work perfectly and have been implementing lately some of which include Guest Blogging, Commenting, Social Bookmarks.
Guest Blogging is one sure way of gaining dofollow backlinks, you write quality content on your hosts blog and place one or two backlinks to your blog.
Commenting is another way to get mixed backlinks, some blogs allow dofollow while others are nofollow links. Try to comment on niche related blogs, this would improve your search traffic and also referral traffic.
Submit your articles to Social Bookmarking sites, this would improve your blog search engine presence and domain authority.
Link building is so much of a great importance to your blogs SEO and building a successful blog.
4. Blogging Consistency
You don’t expect me to let you know that if you do not blog consistently, you’ll loose the traffic and readers you have already built in the long run. I experimented this on my blog recently. Normally I posted one article daily and my reader got used to it, this kept them coming back daily to my blog, before I decided to experiment and here was how it went. For a period of one month, i made only 3 articles weekly, this did not immediately run down my blog traffic but I realized that my blog was no growing any longer. This prompted me to start a 30-day aggressive blogging self challenge (I now post twice daily) which i’ll be releasing the case study by the first week of next month. I’ve started gaining more exposure and traffic since I started the challenge, and it’s one power of consistent blogging.
I’m not trying to force you into blogging twice daily like i’m currently doing on my blog, but you can develop a pattern or blogging routine that your readers would know you by and would work for you. Experimenting is one key to blogging.
Applying this strategies would help you in building a successful blog. I hope you love this article, feel free to add your tips using the comment box. Happy Blogging.