What make another blog better than mine? Why is that blog is considered a better blog than mine? What does it take to be considered one of the best blogs? What does the best blogs have that mine don’t have? These are the type of questions any serious blogger may be asking himself in a bid to make his blog one of the best blogs in his niche.
One thing that bloggers do is spend most of their time on their blog, I think this is a mistake. Looking at other blogs both in and outside my niche has helped me to discover a lot of things. When I visit a good blog, I take some time to study the blog to see what it has that I don’t and why it is a better blog than mine. That way I have learnt a few things that have helped me improve my blog greatly and I want to share some of the things I have learnt in my course of studying all the good blogs I have come across.
At the end of this article, I expect that you will learn a few things that will also help you improve your own blog to be considered among the best blogs in whatever niche you find yourself in. The niche doesn’t matter as this principle applies to every type of blog. Also learn to visit the best blogs in different niches in order to borrow ideas from them and improve your own blog.
Great Content: The most common thing with all best blogs out there is content. The quality of their contents is the first thing you notice when you closely look at such blogs. To be considered among the best blogs in your niche, you must learn to churn out quality every time you hit the publish button. Develop a content plan for your blog, plan every topic carefully. Do not just hit the publish button just because you have to publish something for your readers to read. Take some time to plan every topic so you can have direction while writing, this helps flow in writing and both search engines and humans love free flowing and natural type of writing.
You also need to diversify on your content types; you must not limit your contents to just texts alone, try video posts, podcasts and even Infographics. All best blogs out there do this from time to time so why shouldn’t you?
Goals: What are your blogging goals? What do you intend to achieve in blogging? How have you met your expectations since you started blogging? Learn to set both short term and long term goals for your blog. Ensure they are realistic goals and see that you achieve them. Every good blog out there has a goal and achieving such goals help in promoting them. So set your blogging goals and see that you achieve them, that way you will promote your blog to be one of the best blogs in your niche.
Reliable hosting & Good Blog design: You can’t be the best when you don’t have the best. To be considered one of the best blogs, you must host your blog on a good and reliable web server. This will make your blog fast to loading and improve your user experience. You do not expect a slow loading blog to be considered good. You also need a responsive design for your blog or at least a good mobile site in its place. You do not want to lose out on the mobile traffic or deny your mobile visitors the chance to read your quality contents. So ensure to build a blog that will serve your audience no matter the device they are visiting with and also ensure a good design as I specified in this article titled “Importance of Blog Design and Layout – Things You Should Know”.
A voice: You don’t have to sound like a robot in your blog posts, ensure to add your voice to your blog post. Every best blogs write from experiences, write your own stories or add some personal flavor to your writing, personalize your writing, use first person pronoun (I) a lot in your writings. Make sure your voice is heard in all your posts, this will not only earn you trust from your readers, it will also earn you respect among other bloggers in same niche.
Good Understanding of SEO: Another thing every good blog out there have is good understanding of search engine optimization SEO. You can’t be the best with just a little/basic knowledge of SEO, you need to learn advanced SEO strategies that will take your blog to a higher level than it is already. If you are at the level you are in blogging now with just the basic knowledge of SEO you have, be sure you can climb a notch higher with a better understanding of SEO. Every best blogs out there knows this and applies it in their everyday existence, else why do you think they were consider the best at first?
Social Media Presence: Have you ever checked up on the social media presence of the likes of Pat Flynn, Rand Fishkin, Darren Rowse, Andrew Sullivan etc? As busy as they are, they make time to build and maintain a strong social media presence because they understand the importance of social media in blogging. How have you maintained yours?
To be considered among the best blogs in your niche, you have to stand out to be noticed and the tips shared here if well implemented can help you grow your blog and maybe one day soon be considered among the best blogs too.
Do not limit yourself to what you can become; you have the potential to be recognized as one of the best bloggers. I have recently been listed as one of the “Top 25 Bloggers in Nigeria to watch out for in 2014” because I have taken time to study what makes the best blogs and have implemented the ideas on my blog and am being recognized for it already. Why shouldn’t you do same? Follow the guide and improve your blog.
Tell me how you have gone about improving your blog to be one of the best blogs so far in the comments? Tell me your limitations, share your challenges with me and maybe we can find a solution together. To be considered the best, remember you have to be the best and to be the best you have to read from one of the best, so do not miss my next article, use the subscription form below to subscribe my RSS feed now.