LEARN HOW TO BE A BETTER BLOGGER AND GROW YOUR BLOG – ZIGIHOW.COM.NG
Probably you’re new to blogging, you just created your blog, hosted by any hosting company of your choice with a custom Domain name, and now you’re good to go.
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Blogging today has become very rampant, millions of blogs out there competing with each other, sincerely speaking the competition is very high.
There is a popular saying that says
“To beat the best, you have to be the best”.
Abraham Lincoln once said and I quote
“Whatever it IS THAT you do, be the best”.
With the high competition in blogging these days, as a new blogger just joining the industry, I think you should be exposed to some Facts and insights about blogging.
In this article, I’m gonna be disclosing some facts and insights on how to be a better blogger and most importantly, how to grow your blog.
HERE WE GO.
1. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?
I think the first question one should ask him or herself before venturing into any business in life is “What are my plans?, How do I start up this business?, How do I make this business a successful one?.
This also applys in blogging too, blogging is just like a business of it’s own, an extremely powerful marketing tool, especially in today’s marketing world.
So, as a new blogger the question should be, How do i start?, How do I grow my blog?, How do I make my blog a successful and a profitable one?, What are my purposes and goals for creating this blog?.
After asking Yourself all this questions I believe you should arrive at some answers.
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES AND TIPS
i. CHOOSE A GOOD AND WELL FOCUSED NICHE:
Your niche should tell your readers what exactly your blog is all about, this is why choosing a good niche Should be your number one focus and priority.
With the high competition in blogging, it’s advisable to go for less competitive niche, and also an evergreen niche that people regularly need for their Daily life.
Niches such as:
- Your own hubby (pratically what you love doing, or what you derive Joy doing)
- Health Niche blog.
- Blogging guide niche blog.
- Technology niche blog.
- Internet marketing niche blog.
- Food niche blog.
- Career Guidance niche blog.
- Dating tips Niche blog.
- Beauty niche blog
ii. YOUR PURPOSE OR GOALS FOR CREATING YOUR BLOG.
I believe everything in life has a purpose, as someone who is new to blogging, you should have a purpose or goal for creating your blog, goals and purpose such as:
It could be how to help people earn an income from their blog.
It could be how to teach people create a killer Content/Article online.
It could be how to teach people on how to generate more traffic to their blog.
It could be teaching people how to keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It could be anything, whatever it is that you chose, just do your possible best to ensure that your readers enjoys your Contents/Articles. You can read My guide on “how to set up a WordPress blog “
2. A WELL STRUCTURED AND COMPOSED ARTICLE.
It’s very important that every blogger Should learn how to create a well composed and structured online article, for the benefits, betterment and proper understanding of their online readers.
i. BLOG ABOUT WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND.
First thing first, it’s adviced that you blog about what you fully know about or what you fully understand.
This will really help you alot in communicating with your online readers, for the sole aim of disclosing important information or solving their various problems.
ii. KNOW HOW TO ENTERTAIN YOUR READERS.
Keeping your readers entertained Should be your concern as a blogger, this should encourage them to keep reading your blog’s article/Content.
HOW DO I DO THIS?
AVOID EXCESSIVE REPETITION
Whatever you do, avoid repetition of words, never talk about the same exact thing for an extremely period of time, not everyone wants to read the same thing over and over again.
KEEP YOUR READERS ENTERTAINED WITH YOUR ENGLISH.
A well composed Article is always as a result of a well written English, using simple and less grammatical English, will enhance your readers interest in reading your blog’s Contents/Article.
KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET.
Personally I always loose interest while reading a long Article or Content, I don’t just know why, at a time a get pissed off, or should I say I’m kindda lazy? Lol.
I know there are alot of people out there, who also looses interest while reading a very long Content or Article, or I’m i the only one?
Seriously not everyone really has the time to read long accumulated online Articles, some readers jump words just to get to the Point, or reach the conclusion.
As a blogger it’s adviced you cut out all unnecessary words in a sentence, if a complete sentence doesn’t take you another step closer to making your point, just scrap it off completely, avoid beating around the bush, while composing your article, it really sucks.
KEEP YOUR PARAGRAPH SHORT
Oh yes, this is another way to capture your readers interest, and keep them reading your article, some readers tends to loose interest when an article has a long paragraph.
Articles with short paragraph are tantalizing, it makes it easier for your online readers to read, it makes readers always want to read just one more.
Just in case you’re wondering what a short paragraph means, just take a look at the way I arranged my Article, that should give you a clue and a better understanding.
3. NEVER YOU COPY CONTENTS/ARTICLES FROM OTHER BLOGS.
With the high rate of competition in blogging, copying Contents from other blogs Should be the last thing you should do.
It’s just like drawing your blog backwards, and depriving your blog from growing.
I’ll list out some disadvantages of copying Contents from other blogs.
HERE WE GO.
YOUR BLOG WILL BE DE-INDEXED OR REMOVED FROM GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE.
This is because Google hates copied Contents/Articles, they term copy and paste act as “Plagiarism” which means stealing and publication of another author’s ideas or Expression.
YOUR BLOG WILL LOOSE TRAFFIC
This is because your readers knows you copy your contents from other blogs, and they’ll be discouraged from reading your articles because your Contents ain’t genuine.
YOUR BLOG WILL NEVER BE RANKED, AND IF IT WAS PREVIOUSLY RANKED I’LL LOOSE ITS RANKING.
Blogs/websites are ranked due to high traffic, (readers/visitors)
The question is what makes a blog/website gain high traffic?, It’s because of it’s well composed genuine and structured Articles.
In a situation whereby you keep copying other author’s Contents/Articles, then you’re doing your blog more harm than Good.
There is no short cut to success, every successful blogger had sleepless nights, conducting research, putting them together just to create a wonderful Article, so why shouldn’t you do the same?.
Remember the secret to being a successful blogger is a well composed genuine Article/Content, this will make your blog more visible to search engines, like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc, for Optimization and in the process generate more traffic and ranking to your blog.
If you’re one of these hard-working bloggers and you wanna detect blogs/websites that copies your Contents/Articles, CLICK HERE.
4. FOCUS ON YOUR KEYWORDS
This is the very vital and important part.
It’s every blogger’s dream to have a good SEO (search engine optimization).
Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc optimizes and index a well composed and genuine Article/Content by it’s keywords.
That’s why, it’s very important and essential for every blogger to install and setup YOAST SEO PLUGIN, this Plugin has great features capable to make your blog /website, more visible to search engines.
When you must have installed and set up the Plugin, whenever you’re composing an article, before you hit the publish button, scroll down to “EDIT SNIPPET” Enter your SEO title (the title of your Content/Article).
Write alittle Description about your article/Content, in the description box, then scroll down alittle and enter your “Focus Keywords” (You can also use the title of your Content).
NOTE: Yoast SEO Plugin is used on WordPress, however if you’re blogging with Google blogspot platform CLICK HERE, to learn how to use Yoast SEO Plugin on blogspot.
5. FOCUS ON YOUR ALT TEXT
For the WordPress users, when ever you wanna insert a picture into your post or Article, ensure you fill up your Alt text and also fill in the description box.
Doing these things really helps alot, it enables search engines to index or optimize both your articles and your images relating to your article.
Where it says “Alt text” you can enter the title of your article/Content, to fill up the box.
Where it says “Description” write alittle about your article, it’s just like a summarizing what your article or Content is all about.
6. ENGAGE YOUR READERS WITH NEWSLETTER OR MAILING LIST
Have you ever visited a website/blog and all of a sudden a notification pops on your screen with the caption “Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates from this blog” Or “Subscribe to our mailing list to get latest updates”?.
That’s called an Email list, mainly located at the buttom of the blog/website, it’s where loyal readers enters their email address to get notified on the latest posts or updates by the blog/website.
A blogger ought to have an email list on his or her blog, to keep loyal readers updated or notified each time you post new Content/Article on your blog.
Newsletter/mailing list also helps grow your blog/website, and keep loyal readers returning to your blog, each time they get notified about your new Article via their email.
7. USE SOCIAL MEDIA.
Social media is also one of the best way to generate traffic to your blog.
With the high increase of social media users this days, as a blogger it’s adviced to use social such as Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, whatsApp, to generate high traffic to your blog and also have returning visitors.
Creating a Facebook page for your blog is very essential and vital, same goes to creating Instagram page for your blog, and also creating a Telegram and whatsApp group, where you’ll update your readers on your new posts/Article.
I believe we all know what Advertising is?, It’s a means of promoting and exposing your brand or business to the public either with the usage of social media or top ranked popular blogs/websites.
As a hard-working blogger who composes nice, interesting and inspiring Article, and you wish for your blog to gain more traffic (readers/visitors) and become more popular, all you need is to advertise.
You can advertise your blog on top ranked, popular blogs/websites, or you can advertise on social media using Facebook and Instagram.
Instagram and Facebook has made it possible for individuals to advertise their business, brands, and products to reach a minimum amount of people and also a country target of your choice.
I know this may cost you, but believe me when I say, it really worths it.
With this few points of mine, I believe you’ve learnt new stuffs, about being a better blogger and enhancing your blogs growth.
Ensure you use these tips and guidelines and remember no short cut to success, but we all believe every hustler has a pay day.
Have a great day.