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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.

 

About sujoydhar

Sujoy Dhar is a business and technology and blogger. He is driven by the need to be creative and says that writing for various web properties allows him to stay up to date on one of the most rapidly evolving industries around. Each day provides Dhar with a new opportunity to educate readers about tech news and advances that help change the world for the better.

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