To give your readers the best experience possible your blog needs certain components to help with better navigation, and help directing visitors to the most popular blog post or pages on your blog.
Even the best intentions and most attractive blogs will fail without following these basic blogging tips:
4 Things Every Blog Needs
- Static pages (About Me, Start Here, Shop, Books etc.)
- Sidebar Content - Widgets that appear in your sidebar, such as newsletter, most recent blog posts, disclosure,categories or tags
- Blog Posts, posted regularly for your reader to follow
- Cornerstone or pillar posts, posts people will automatically gravitate to for information
Your static pages should be the first things that you write up before you launch your blog. Let's dig a little deeper.
This is an important page for your readers to let them know who you are, and what your blog is about. Some bloggers like to make it fun and personal, other bloggers prefer a more business approach.
A way for your readers to contact you for help. You can set up your contact page by adding HTML of a simple form, allowing your readers to send emails asking for help.
Services or Products
If you're looking to write books or provide a service you need to make sure you give your audience the right details about what service or products you're selling, provide a link on your page bar or in your sidebar.
2. Content in Your Blog Sidebar
This content can be found on the left or right of your sidebar, depending on the layout of your blog theme.
Here are some things you may want to add to your sidebar:
If you haven't already, you may want to add an RSS widget to your blog, there are a number of websites including Feedburner that you can use to do this.
Some bloggers choose to have banners in their sidebar to advertise affiliate links. Make this a regular part of your blog from the very beginning, so that your visitors can get used to the advertising on your blog.
When you start writing your blog posts you can choose tags, these help your readers identify your main blog topics. Making your blog easier to navigate.
Allow your audience to connect with you on social media, with simple buttons in your sidebar.
Creating Blog Content
To maintain and build a successful blog you need a plan for creating future blog posts. This will help you to blog consistently.
Create and Post Content Regularly
Be consistent in your blog posting, and find fresh ideas and inspiration from like-minded bloggers. It's also handy to carry around a notebook and pen when you're out and about, or make notes on your tablet, phone or PC.
Make Your Blog Posts Stand-Out
Create eye-catching content with images, videos and slides to stand-out from the crowd. Engage your readers with a good quality intro and solid content.
Become an Expert in Your Niche
Bloggers with the most recognition are always at the top of the pile. Strive for quality always and never give up.
Maintain Regular Engagement with Your Audience
Keep on top of comments and emails, when you're blogging. Delete spam, and give your readers a reply.
Consistency is the key to good blogging, like any well-known magazine or paper, you need to write frequently to get your readers attention. Do this and you'll do well as a blogger.
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