What I learnt from Blogging Heroes: Top Blogging Tips PART 1
December 21, 2010 by maryawrites
I have just finished reading ‘Blogging heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World’s Top Bloggers’, and I must say that Michael A Banks is a GENIUS. I simply could not get enough of it.
Being relatively new to the blogging scene, naturally I was interested in picking the brains of the best of the best – how they started and made it big. Although the book mostly covers the major players in technology, news, politics and lifestyle – and my blog doesn’t have anything to do with any of it- it really is a must read for every new blogger who is dead serious about it.
At the end of each interview, Banks summarizes advice for newbies these veterans have churned out. Here I compile my own list of bits I especially loved from these world-class bloggers.
How to have a successful blog, for new bloggers
1. You don’t have to write everyday
Write when you are inspired and and set up extra material to post at later dates. That way your readers know when to expect your new posts. Dave taylor of The Intuitive Life Business Blog.
It does help to post regularly, this way people are likely to return. Frank Warren of PostSecret.
Readers expect fresh content every time they visit a blog.
2. Go to other blogs
.. and engage in discussions to bring readers to your blog.
Don’t write quickie comments as an excuse to leave your url, its annoying. Add your comment if you genuinely have something to say. Don’t spam other blogs with link to your blog.
Keep up with other blogs. Almost all bloggers admitted to subscribing to 200 or so blogs on average.
3. Find a niche
Chris Anderson of The Long Tail advises to focus on specific interests. You don’t have to appeal to an overly diverse audience. Focused blogs are self selecting…
‘A specific focus or mission is necessary to sustain a blog’. Ina Steiner,AuctionBytes.
4. Cultivate Good Writing
Don’t worry about reporting on new things, find a fresh and exciting perspective instead.
Write descriptive headlines to your posts, especially important for people who subscribe to your feeds. Mark Frauenfelder of Boingboing.net.
Don’t forget other blogs as sources of information and always credit by linking to them.
Use a relaxed and personable style rather than a news style. Ken Fisher of Arts Technica.
Take time away from your blog to get fresh ideas. Credentials are not necessarily indicative of quality of blog posts.
The final 3 tips on blogging are posted here. These also talk about how to build readership – the million dollar question.
What I learnt from Blogging Heroes: Top Blogging Tips PART 2
December 21, 2010 by maryawrites
As the original post was getting a tad too long, I decided to split into two parts. For the first 4 tips on blogging, check out part 1.
5. Respect your readers
Don’t blog about anything you can’t say to a person’s face. Scott McNulty of The unofficial Apple weblog
Accept criticism with open attitude and see what you can learn from it.
Think about others’ feelings before you post. Your blog is not a license for rudeness.
6. Gain experience from your personal blog
Blogging means different things to different people. Peter Rojas; Engadget. Figure out what are you blogging for.
Before starting a blog, make sure you have more than one thing to say. Make a list of half-dozen or more ideas. Rebecca Lieb. ClickZ
Blogging for free, on your own, may win the attention of paying blogs. Victor Agreda Jr. DIY life
Experience with a personal blog can prepare you for blogging for pay. Deidre Woollard. Luxist.
A personal blog is a better platform for being yourself and communicating honestly, rather than a blog you are paid to write. You admit to your biases rather than hide it. Mary Jo Foley of All about Microsoft.
A blog can support and extend the life of a book. Brad Hill. Weblogs, Inc
The strength of successful blogs is their authenticity. Content and personality are both important.
Blog from your heart. Deborah Peterson of Life in the Fast Lane.
7. Blogging is a learning process
Says Gary Lee of An internet Marketing Website.
Blogging is an ongoing learning experience. Gina Trapani of Lifehacker. It can help you learn more about a particular subject.
8. Increase your readership over time
Be passionate about what you write, it shows.
Write original, thoughtful, well written content and readers will come.
If you want people to come to your blog, you must offer them something of value. Steve Rubel. MicroPersuasion.
Respond to your comments, your readership counts.
Look for opportunities to self promote your blog.
Comment on blogs of high-profile bloggers in your niche area to draw traffic. Kristin Darguzas. ParentDish
Growth does not happen quickly. John Neff. Autoblog.
Learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Link to other blogs where appropriate. They might link back. Joel Comm.JoelComm.com
Links from other blogs are more important than SEO, because those links give you the effect of SEO. Robert Scoble. Scobleizer.
Avoid begging for links. Mike Masnick. Techdirt.
Rather than focusing on bringing in traffic, let content guide your blog. Philipp Lenssen Google Blogoscoped
Setting up titles that appeal to both search engines and humans is all the SEO that most blogs read. Brad Hill. Weblogs, Inc
So, anytips for having a successful blog? More importantly, what is your definition of a successful blog?