Being a new blogger is difficult and hard. You often lose confidence because you know that there are millions of bloggers out there who are professional and seems like a blogging veteran. You asked, “How would I compete with these guys?”. Fear not, because…
I am presenting you, 8 TIPS on HOW YOU CAN BLOG LIKE A PRO. Or to make your blog at least look like a pro. And you can do this by : Planning, Creating a Killer Title, Create a Valuable or Quality Content, Become an Authority, Be Confident and Honest, Work Hard… but Smartly, Use relevant Images on Every Blog Post, Wrap your post with a Bang!
Here are 8 Tips on How To Blog Like A Pro :
Planning your blog is as important as having a “House Plan” before you actually build your house. It helps you determine what materials you’ll need to achieve your “ideal” house that will suit all your needs, right?
With blogging, planning, plays the great part. Because it serves as the foundation of your entire blog. Planning occurs not only when you plan out your blog post but from the very beginning like when you are…
- Brainstorming your niche.
What will be your blog about? What problem will your blog give solutions to? You can’t just go out there and blog without knowing what you’ll be focusing to. You have to know to whom your blog is for … your target audience.
- Planning your blog design.
Your blog represents you. Your blog design will serve as your “outfit” in the world of blogging. It will be your way on how you would like others to see you. I myself, get attracted to a pretty, neat and organized blog design. Who doesn’t?
- Planning your writing method or the “voice tone” of your blog.
This will be your way on how you are going to communicate with your readers. Regardless with your niche, or topic of your blog, I do believe that the best tone to use is as if you are actually talking to a friend who is actually sitting in front of you. Like the way I’m talking to you right now.
- Planning your content.
This is the most important thing of all. As what Bill Gates said, “Content is King.” And it will always be.
Planning your content ahead of time will help you create good quality posts on a normal basis that will result to consistency. In addition, it will help you not to lose ideas on what to write, which is— one of the struggles of being a blogger, experienced or not.
This can be done by using or implementing a Content Calendar. You can use apps like Trello or CoSchedule for example or if you want for free, you can just use Google Sheet instead. If you’re like me, who’s an old school, I prefer to write my plan using a pen and a paper.
And also when writing your content, it is recommended to write at least 600 words for starters. But longer blog posts has a high chance to rank on search engines.
#2 Create a Killer Title
Have you heard of the 30 seconds rule?
As a blogger, you have the first 3 seconds to make an impression to your readers and if they stay, you have the remaining 27 seconds to give them what they came to your site for.
That’s the only time frame you have to attract and convince your visitors to stay and read your post you made for them.
So, if you want to catch your readers’ attention and glue them to your post, make sure you have a strong title that will make them click it. In order to create a catchy title, it should be something that will bring out curiosity to everybody who sees it.
Having a “Killer Title” that is SEO friendly is very crucial as well. You wouldn’t want your blog post to appear on the 10th page of the search engine would you?
The good title should be catchy with at least 60 characters including your keywords. And writing your meta description, is as important at writing your title.
So it is recommended to keep your post’s META description characters to 156 to make sure it will fit to search engines. Your description should contain the important keywords, provides good call-to-action. Your description should be precise but delivers a clear picture that will let your readers know what to expect from your post.
#3 Create Valuable Content
Well if you have been reading this post from the top, you already know that I have mentioned that “Content is King” and will always be. As a blogger you have a mission on creating a value on your posts and offer help to your readers as much as possible. A quality content will lead to engagement between you and your readers. If they find it interesting and engaging they will leave comments and might share your post to their friends or families.
The more engagement or conversation you get, the more possibility of high ranking in search engines and will also prove that your content is a “share-worthy”.
You need to read this to create a valuable content :
Aside from content that offers value, you have to put attention on how you write your post as well. Aside from your blog post should be at least 600 words, it is also important to make your content readable for your audience.
What I meant by readable, make your sure that your blog post is divided into chunks of paragraphs.
Like these 2 for example :
B is easier to read, right?
#4 Become An Authority
Regardless of your knowledge of the subject or how great your ideas are, it doesn’t matter unless you have established yourself as an Authority and your blog as an Authoritative blog.
But how exactly are you going to achieve that?
This is the part where you leverage the power of social media and establish yourself as an authority on your chosen niche. The first step to this, is to get your social media profiles updated, make sure that it is niche related and that will reflect your mission statement and you as a person. Your readers would like to know if they are actually reading / following a real person whom they can relate with.
Leveraging social media will help you build trust with your followers. And keep in mind that, Instagram has highly engaged audience than any other social network.
Use the same profile image in every social media platform that you use whether its Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Quora etc and make sure to get a Gravatar too. So people will easily remember you. Hence, improving your social media presence.
We all read other people’s blog, right? If you do, posting comment and sharing your opinion/s on other’s work will help you to be an authority in your niche. Other people may find your opinion not as valuable as an expert but… it is… for your followers.
#5 Confidence & Honesty
First and foremost, nobody listen to a non confident person. If you are sharing your ideas without confidence no one is going to believe you.
Your readers will not actually see you physically, so in the world of blogging, it is your words of choosing, how you write and express your ideas that will reflect your confidence.
And also you should be confident and ready to literally spread your face across the internet. By adding an author box on the sidebar so your readers will get a chance to know you. Be sure to add few personal details on your “about me page” that will allow your audience to relate to you.
This is the best way to let the people know who is behind the awesome blog!
In addition to being confident, it is also important to be honest with your audience. This might be confusing sometimes because, there are people believe in “Fake It Till You Make It” strategy. Although I can’t confirm it, but my guts tell me that some influencers out there is practicing this aphorism and apparently they get away with it and it works for them.
And if that happens– it worked for you, then, good for you. But it would still be better to be honest always. Remember that your readers can tell whether you “actually” know what you are talking about. It is better not to pretend that you know something. Be humble and honest to admit to your audience/readers that you are learning “with them”.
If someone pointed out your mistake, acknowledge it.
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#6 Work Hard … but Smartly
I know you all heard it.
“Work smarter, not harder.”– Carl Barks
Original quote form Carl Barks and now serves as the new mantra or bloggers and those of online business owners.
To work smart means you move forward and be able to stay maybe not on top, but at least being able to grow your blog and catch up with millions of bloggers. And not be left behind by the crowd that is moving forward.
In order for you to work smart, you should start by :
- choosing the right blogging tools
- social media sharing tools
- practice time management.
I was browsing Google yesterday and came accross Hubspot.com. They made an article on How to Work Smart, Not Hard. They pointed some things out on how you’ll be able to achieve it. You can read it from here —-> “How to Work Smart, Not Hard”
Being able to maintain a good balance between your social, business and personal life will help you become even more productive.
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#7 A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
When talking to someone face to face, you tend to use gestures, body languages or even facial expressions to convey your message to the other person.
But, writing a blog post is different. People reading blogs are lazy and seems that they always rush to get to the point. They don’t want to struggle to read. What they want, is to understand your content quickly and easily determine whether your post will be helpful for them or not. Sounds sucks but it’s true.
As a matter of fact, many people just scan blog posts rather than reading it word per word.
That’s where the use of relevant images become handy. Images will help your reader understand your message more. Because it supports your words that helps you tell your story.
Apart from it, the habit of integrating images to your blog will help you create a more visually appealing and engaging content. Plus, you can use those images to create an SEO friendly content.
Neil Patel has a blog post about the importance of using images to you blog post.
#8 Wrapping It Up With A Bang!
Ending your post properly is as important as starting your blog post.
The ending paragraph plays a huge role on any articles or blog post. Why? because this is the part where you summarize your post. Giving all the important details and concludes what the whole article is all about. This is needed and useful for skimmers who dropped by to your site.
Keep in mind that a “noisy” blog attracts more readers and helps building your site’s credibility.
So make sure that every time you end your post, always take the opportunity to get your audience/readers involve by asking them and providing a good call to action.
Such as, “Do you have any other tips to share?” or “What do you think of this post?” it can be something like “Is there any points or information that I missed?”..
These questions are good examples of a good call to action. These will lead to your readers to share their ideas, opinions or experience to the issue. And being the author, you should take part as well by replying to each and every one of them. As a result, an increase on comment rate.
8 Tips to Blogging Like A Pro
#2 Create an SEO Friendly Killer Title
#3 Create a Valuable Content
#4 Become An Authority
#5 Confidence and Honesty
#6 Work Hard But… Smartly!
#7 A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
#8 Wrapping It Up With A Bang!
I believe I have said everything that I need to say. But before anything else, I would like to point out the takeaways on this post.
With that being said, for me Creating a Valuable Content that will help your readers is the most important of all. And to be consistent on creating post will help your site and your brand in establishing authority.
Remember : Quality over Quanity.
So, how about you? Do you have some tips to share?
Please feel free to add it in the comments section below. I would love to hear it and I’d be happy to get back to you.
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Hi there! It’s Minah, the blogger behind of Niches and Earnings | Start A Blog.
I created this website to be a place where you can get information on how you can start your blog. Basically, this blog is like my journal about blogging where I share things I learned about blogging, things that a blogger must do and things that what most bloggers do the moment they started blogging.
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