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Tips to Help Your Blog to Win a Popularity Contestv

 

  • Your own site: It’s OK to blog on other forums and websites, but you should own your site for best results.
  • Choose a blogging platform like Blogger, WordPress, or any other that meets your needs.
  • Why are you writing?  Have a summary or mission statement.
  • Have contact info and a contact form if readers would like to get in touch with you.
  • Your blog must have a professional image, but it should also reflect your personality.
  • Have a bio and post your picture so your readers know who you are and where you come from, professional and personally.
  • Set up Google alerts to see what people are saying about you, your blog, or anything related to your topic.
  • Proofread spelling and grammar.
  • Format your blog so it’s pretty and easy to read.
  • Include the best post list so readers can easily find your featured articles.
  • Connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Write consistently and frequently.
  • Post 3-5 times a week, especially when your blog is new.
  • Write a series on a topic.
  • Take a poll or ask questions to involve readers.
  • Have a contest or giveaway to attract attention and to get readers to share their contact information.
  • Respond to comments.  Get to know your readers by starting conversations.
  • Cite your sources for story inspiration.  Those sources will thank you.
  • Interview other bloggers or industry experts.
  • Target content toward those who spread it, people with large social media networks.
  • Reward those who share your content by thanking them publicly.
  • Choose a subject your target readers relate to.
  • Quality writing gives you credibility and conveys professionalism.
  • Use illustrations and graphics.
  • Write about controversial topics that beg for a response.
  • Use bullet points.
  • People like numbered lists.
  • Use subtitles so readers can skip to topics of interest.
  • Write short paragraphs.
  • Write a how-to article.
  • Make lists of top bloggers and they will likely want to link to you.
  • If you’ve written a great post spread the word to your personal network.
  • Understand that you can’t make something go viral.
  • Have “blockbuster” posts once in a while, but fill your blog with normal, simple posts most of the time.
  • Do your own research.
  • Get creative and interesting.
  • Use videos.
  • Engage your readers so they will tell their friends.
  • Have a list of links to other related blogs.  It’s good information for your readers and flattering for those bloggers.
  • Submit articles to other websites as an industry expert.
  • Attract readers first. Sell to them only after they trust you.
  • Do your readers turn into clients?  Use a call to action in your posts.
  • Write compelling headlines.
  • Worry more about your content than your statistics.  It takes the time to build a reader base.
  • Write when you think of good topics.  If you think of a lot of ideas at once you can publish them later.
  • Read other successful blogs and note what makes them successful.
  • Use RSS to keep up on these blogs.
  • Write about popular and up-and-coming topics.  No one wants yesterday’s news.
  • Use humor to make your blog fun to read.
  • Link to other blog posts you agree with and those you disagree with.
  • Choose a good domain name.
  • Link to your most popular posts in your sidebar.
  • Link to related old posts in your new posts.
  • Make sure the page title for each post is unique and descriptive.
  • Make sure your target keyword is in a heading tag in the HTML code.
  • Participate in forums with a link to your blog in your signature.
  • Use an XML sitemap.
  • Research popular keyphrases. Don’t assume you already know the best keywords.
  • Have good titles with keywords, that are simple, communicate the topic, and grab attention.
  • Choose one keyphrase for each post.
  • Use the keyphrase in the title.
  • Use the keyphrase in the first sentence.
  • Make the first instance of the keyphrase bold.
  • Use the key phrase in each paragraph.
  • Link the keyphrase to a relevant website.
  • Make sure the repeated use of this key phrase doesn’t sound “spammy.”
  • Don’t keyword “stuff.”  Both search engines and people will know what you’re up to.
  • Create unique meta descriptions and keywords for each post with 50% related to your website topic and 50% related to that blog post.
  • Create unique tags, again with 50% related to the website and 50% related to that post.
  • Create and use relevant categories.
  • Optimize your URLs with a permalink.
  • Keep your URL short so it’s easy to remember, copy and paste, link to, tweet, and share.
  • Publish a press release.
  • Write a link bait post so people will want to link to you.  It could be funny, controversial, free, interesting, or whatever you’d like.
  • Make sure old links still work.
  • Get a .edu link by getting involved with a school.
  • Get a link from a government (.gov) site whenever possible.
  • Exchange links with related high-ranking bloggers.
  • Write about or link to other businesses so they link to you.
  • Submit a guest article on another blog and link back to yours.
  • Submit your blog to directories like Yahoo and DMOZ.
  • Embed a sharing system to make it easy for readers to post it on social media sites like ShareThis.
  • Have other people promote your blog on social media sites or do it yourself.
  • Submit to blog directories in your niche.
  • Submit your blog to Technorati.
  • Post to StumbleUpon.
  • Submit blog posts to Digg.
  • Share your blog link on Reddit.
  • Share your blog with your followers on Twitter.
  • Post it on your Facebook page.
  • Have a link to your blog on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Submit your post to EzineArticles.
  • Have an RSS button for readers to subscribe to your blog.
  • Allow readers to email your article to their friends.
  • Use ShareThis reporting and analytics to see where people are sharing your post.
  • Titles are important for readers and search engines.
  • Add pictures to make your blog interesting and use “alt” tags to name your pictures.
  • Choose up to 15 categories with strong keywords.
  • Build relationships with other bloggers and experts in your industry: share news, advice, readers.
  • Track analytics: Use Google Analytics, Google Webmaster tools, or Get Clicky for free.
  • Every blog and every blogger are unique.  Use the tips you enjoy and that work best for you.

 

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