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7 Tips for a Better Blog

7 tips for a Better Blog

 

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Do you like to write? Do you have many ideas zooming around in your head? Well, perhaps you’d like to start a blog. A blog is a  website with entries  posted on a regular basis. Normally, it is arranged in reverse chronological order from the most recent ‘post’  at the top  to the older posts towards the bottom.

Here is a great explanation.

 

Today, I bring you 7 of the many tips available to help you build a better blog.

Blog Tip 1

Give quality content. Aim to blog at least once a week. Twice if possible. Depending on your lifestyle and your commitments, you may choose to blog more often than that. But don’t blog for the sake of it. people like to learn things so you need to give them something to take away from reading your post

Blog Tip 2

Don’t know what to blog about?

– Look at all the notes you have taken at seminars or from webinars. Use these as a basis for your writing.

– Invest time in educating yourself. Learn about something. Teach people about what you have learned.

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Blog Tip 3

Publish – don’t worry about your piece being absolutely perfect. Just start writing. Things will improve as you go along. Remember the saying – ‘Practice makes perfect’. Just have a go. it is amazing how much support is out there in the ranks for people who are trying a new skill.

Blog Tip 4

Add great visuals to attract attention. An eye-catching picture will work wonders.

Build relationships with other bloggers. Join groups of bloggers on social media. Join in conversations.  Learn from them. Look at what they are writing about. Pick up clues – even if their niche is not the same as yours. Frequently comment on their blogs. You will soon have a steady number of people commenting on your blog also.

Blog Tip 5

Start building relationships with other bloggers. Join groups of bloggers on social media. Join  conversations. Learn from what they do. Look at what they are writing about. Pick up clues – even if their niche is not the same as yours. Comment on their blogs. You will soon have regular visitors commenting on your blog as well.

Blog Tip 6

Be organised. Take time at the start/ end of the week to plan what you will do on a daily basis. This includes time for research. Maybe you could even consider writing all your blogs on the one day – depends on your lifestyle. I think the term for this is ‘batching’.

Blog Tip 7

Focus on building your community. Don’t worry about the money side of things. Be patient. This is a long process, but it will gain you many followers who will come to trust a respect you.

 

If these simple tips have helped in any way, please share so others,too, may benefit.


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I plan to bring you extra tips for your blog on a regular basis. Do you already incorporate these tips? Please comment below with extra thoughts on these tips I have brought to you today.

Liz Delaney

Liz Delaney

 

PS. Contact me on workwithlizdelaney@gmail.com if you would like help with setting up your blog.

 

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24 Responses to “7 Tips for a Better Blog”

  1. Scott July 24, 2014 at #

    I’d have to disagree a bit with #3 (Publish). Nothing turns people off more than a typo-filled post or one with grammatical errors galore. You really need to proofread before hitting the “Publish” button.

    • Liz Delaney July 26, 2014 at #

      Thanks for that thought. I actually agree with you John. We all make blunders, but, as a retired teacher, nothing bugs me more than those frequent spelling errors jumping off the page.
      The point I was making was not to be afraid of publishing. I neglected to mention the part about editing.

  2. Jacs Henderson July 24, 2014 at #

    I like your tips Liz, and as for #3 – I also think grammar and spelling Should be Correct – but when it comes to style and content… one should write from the heart and as you write more, you develop. This is easy to see for ones-self just looking back at our own work!
    I think visuals and layout are important to to Attract the visitors eye … long text paragraphs say ‘not enough time to read that’
    Thanks,
    Jacs :)

    • Liz Delaney July 26, 2014 at #

      Long posts with endless text, unless riveting, can be a ‘turn-off’. Use of white-space is also important. Appropriate visuals are essential.
      Thanks for dropping by Jacs. I appreciate your comments.
      Liz

  3. donna merrill July 25, 2014 at #

    Hi Liz,

    These are great tips for building a better blog! Plus I just love the video you have done to properly explain what exactly a blog is and can do for people. Great job!

    I like blog tip 3 Publish! Yes, that is the first step many seem to get stuck on because they want their post to be perfect! As we grow in blogging our blogs do get better and better. Patience and persistence is the only way to go.

    -Donna

    • Liz Delaney July 26, 2014 at #

      Thanks for your kind words, Donna. It is amazing how good it feels to actually publish and get comments back. It spurs one on to try harder and grow. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be scary but you won’t get anywhere unless you do.
      Take care, Donna…
      Liz

  4. Chery Schmidt July 29, 2014 at #

    Hello Liz, I love your suggestions here, I do publish a new post every week and feel this is enough for me, I do know that some people say to blog more so I found this to be a great tips for me. I also agree that things will improve as you go along OH YEH “Practice makes perfect” Nobody is really born a blogger HUH?

    Thanks for the great article..Chery :))

    • Liz Delaney July 30, 2014 at #

      I think you may be correct Chery. Blogging is a skill that needs constant practice – and then more. Some weeks I post only once. Other weeks I try and make a video,blog, podcast nearly daily. Depends on what is going on. But regular, helpful content is a must.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Take care
      Liz

  5. Nathaniel Kidd July 30, 2014 at #

    I like your tips Liz. I think quality content is vital. Your reader must be able to take away something valueable that they did not know before or even something that solved a problem they may have had. Visual content is also important to me on my blog. At a minimum I try to add at least two images as this breaks up the text and makes it easier for the reader comprehend. Many people are very visual and with the combination of visual and text coupled with great content, you are on the road to being a very good blogger. As you stated being organized and consistent is really important as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Liz Delaney July 30, 2014 at #

      Thanks Nathaniel for reading and sharing your comments. Everyone presents their information differently so, as long as the message is clear, easy to comprehend and attractively presented, then an audience should start to build quite quickly.
      Have a great week.
      Liz

  6. Sonia August 3, 2014 at #

    Great tips Liz.

    I wish I’d had you around when I first started! Some of my posts were very poor visually – I did have someone help me by taking over in admin and fixing it but that did not teach me how to fix it myself. I did eventually learn but I do find wordpress to be a little fickle at times – showing me one thing and then publishing another! Does anyone else have this problem or could it perhaps be my theme?

    All in all, good value Liz. Proof reading is vital thought I have learned – perhaps getting a fellow blogger to run an eye over it helps too as we often miss our own mistakes :)

    Soni

    • Liz Delaney August 4, 2014 at #

      I know how you feel Soni. When I look back, it is amazing the growth that has happened. But I think it is a good thing for people to see how far we have come and what we have learned.
      I like your hint re a proof-reader. For some of us, though, they are hard to find.
      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. It is much appreciated.
      Have a great week
      Liz

  7. sean August 5, 2014 at #

    #3 definitely just start writing, I run two different blogs and if I always bothered about how perfect my writing was I would get know where.

    #5 something I have just started to do, this is great and I am not sure why I didn’t begin sooner.

    Thanks,

    Sean

    • Liz Delaney August 5, 2014 at #

      Glad these tips helped Sean. It is amazing how nervous one can get when first deciding if their blog is good enough. In the end, you just have to ‘bite the bullet’, so to speak, and just publish.
      Blogging communities are great too. Don’t join too many though as it will spread you thin on time. Developing trustworthy relationships with a few far outweighs the ‘numbers’ game.
      Have a great week.
      Liz

  8. Monna Ellithorpe August 6, 2014 at #

    Hi Liz,

    Great points. I agree trying to be perfect is more stressful than it’s worth and also time consuming. Editing is a must but also there is the point in time where you will find your own voice and way of writing. It won’t be perfect but if it’s from your heart, it is you.

    Have a great day, Monna

    • Liz Delaney August 6, 2014 at #

      Thanks for your thoughts Monna. Greatly appreciated.
      Yes, it takes time to find your own voice, I think, but it comes eventually. Everyone is different, so just being yourself is what people like most.
      Have a wonderful week Monna.
      Liz

  9. Willena Flewelling August 10, 2014 at #

    Great blogging tips, Liz! I am one of those people who want it to be perfect before I let others see it, so I need a reminder every now and then to just go ahead and put it out there. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t edit it — I just wouldn’t edit it 10 times, if you know what I mean. ;)

    • Liz Delaney August 12, 2014 at #

      I certainly do know what you mean Willena. Editing is important, but it can be overdone to the extent that you don’t move forward and actually publish it. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.
      Liz

  10. Dexter Roona August 11, 2014 at #

    Great tips i post as often as my brain lets me really i got 2 up in a week on Infobunny and they were killers to write, very involved, and now just got 2 up and ready to go onto the Pac site…. so exhausted
    regards Dexter

  11. Liz Delaney August 12, 2014 at #

    It is exhausting Dexter. Some weeks I publish almost daily, other weeks leave me parched for inspiration. As long as we look after ourselves properly, health wise, then we should be ‘brain-ready’ for more writing.
    Have a great week.
    Liz

  12. Carol Graham August 18, 2014 at #

    I agree with all the points and have been doing them. I try to publish daily, but it is not always possible. As far as number 3 goes, I find that if I have a thought in my head and sit down to write, it just starts to manifest from there. Weird how your fingers can do the thinking!

    • Liz Delaney August 18, 2014 at #

      Hi carol. Thanks for visiting my blog.
      I agree with you.
      Once the idea is in your head, then the ideas start to flow as you commence writing. Does this come from experience? I don’t know. Some people are natural-born writers, I feel. However, everyone has something to offer so they should just have a go and get their content out there. I did at first and was very apprehensive, but people are so supportive and that gave me courage.
      Have a great week.
      Liz

  13. Deborah A. Ten Brink August 22, 2014 at #

    All very good points Liz. I’m like Willena above. I go over and over it before I hit publish. Sometimes I’ll even publish then go look at it again, edit, and republish!

    I think it takes time to just relax and go with it. This was such a great list, really got me rethinking what I’m doing each day.

    Thanks Liz!

    • Liz Delaney August 22, 2014 at #

      Thanks for dropping by Deborah. I must admit that I also do that. Every time I re-look at one of my posts, I find something to say differently. I suppose that is a sign of positive growth. There is always room for improvement but unless we get it out there to start with, we’ll never know.
      Have great weekend
      Liz

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