12 Tips when starting your blog that you should not forget
Creating and maintaining a good blog seems easy, but it is not. Blogs are open and independent means of communication, due to this many have the impression that being a blogger is simply creating space and writing about anything. The good thing about blogging is that anyone can create a virtual journal and write what comes to mind…
Creating and maintaining a good blog seems easy, but it is not. Blogs are open and independent means of communication, due to this many have the impression that being a blogger is simply creating space and writing about anything.
The good thing about blogging is that anyone can create a virtual journal and write what comes to mind without being stopped or censored, but if you are looking for financial gain or simply want to attract more readers, you are on the wrong track.
Here are 12 tips that you should not forget and that will help you improve the quality of your new blog:
1. If you do not have time to update your blog, there is no point in creating it. With the popularity of social networks (Facebook and Twitter mainly), it is increasingly difficult to get comments, so if you can not take the time to update, Internet users will not have the incentive to visit your blog either.
2. Do not use a difficult name for your blog. The easier your blog name is, the easier people will remember it. Simplify the way for them to arrive.
3. Don’t turn your blog into a circus. Avoid having too many gadgets, cursor effects, virtual snow falling, windows that open automatically, etc. Although there are some tools that can be useful, putting too many of them to work on your blog will slow down its loading and in many cases, they can irritate the Internet user, which will make your blog get fewer regular readers.
4. Use simple and correct language. Write with the correct language and accessible to all audiences, always avoiding jargon, as they limit the understanding of readers. If there is a need to use jargon, explain the meaning of each word.
5. Avoid background music. For many people, it is annoying to enter a website and have music start playing out of nowhere. This can even scare users if they have the speakers turned up high. If even considering this, you still want to use music on your blog, it is advisable to place the player in an easily accessible place, so your visitors can easily turn off the music if they want to.
6. Always use at least one image to illustrate your post. It is recommended that you use images to illustrate your topics, this way your posts will get more attention, not to mention look better.
7. Respond to your readers. Try to respond to your readers, especially those messages with words like “Help” “I have a question” or “How can I”, your readers will appreciate that.
8. It is always preferable to moderate comments. Never leave comments set anonymously. This helps prevent spam (messages that promote a product or website with a standard message, such as “I loved the post, visit this address”). In turn, for hostile comments that attack other readers, it is preferable to delete them, and not respond to them, it is preferable to delete and ignore them.
9. Create communities on social networks for your blog. Never overlook social networks, they are an excellent method of promotion.
10. Do not use large images. Avoid using heavy images or large data size, these slow down your blog and affect the experience of your readers, especially if your blog is dedicated to countries where Internet broadband is still of poor quality.
11. Use the “Read More” feature. Choose only a piece of text that should appear on the main page, so you will kill two birds with one stone since it does not overload the home page and encourage your visitors to click “Read more” to continue reading and after back to the beginning, to go see the rest (if it’s interesting, of course). It is enough to compare the first page of a newspaper or magazine, the texts are not complete there.
12. Create quality and original content. Do not create a blog with copied articles, this within the blogosphere is considered plagiarism and can affect your positioning in search engines and therefore your visits. At the same time, try to evaluate your readers, and perform an analysis of the most visited and commented posts so that you have ideas to write articles that attract more readers.
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