The world wide web has grown really large this decade with almost 60% of bloggers occupying the web with the rest being business, governmental sites, etc. Several new and professional bloggers try newer ideas to rank better, drive in traffic, get organic searches, build a social media fan base, and there are still around 40% of bloggers who are waiting to see their blogs get more than 100 visitors a day.
What contributes to poor traffic? Domain age? Fewer content? Improper design? Yes, everything I’ve mentioned here can be a factor that could end up leaving blogs see no good visitors even in a long run.
Maintaining blogging ethics is a tough thing to do. Writing quality content, maintain regularity, building relationships with readers are some of what is required to be a good blogger.
Here I list some of few basic things that could really help bloggers on what to be aware of in order to help build a ‘GOOD BLOG’ on a regular basis.
Writing content regularly
It is a known fact ‘Content is King’. Yes, content that are detailed would surely drive in a lot of search engine traffic and good social count. But what if you produce content irregularly? Being a passionate bloggers means to never let your blog readers down at finding new content on your blog. Writing blog content once in two or three days and coming back again after a month would do no good. It breaks the bond between you and the reader.
So, it is always good to prepare a plan on maintaining the frequency of your content writing. It can be once a day, once in two or three days or once in a week. Scheduling your posts not only gives you time to prepare for your next post, but also would give you a peace of mind and your daily readers can enjoy a newer post almost on a regular basis.
Producing content to the point
Every passionate blogger tends to write a longer piece of article most times. With a longer keyword density, one can easily deflect from the point and any reader can get bored. This is sure to make you lose your readers. Thus, covering a long piece of content means you need to make a lot of things go straight to the point so that readers can get a better idea every time they go through your content.
Adding videos, slides and images is surely going to help keep your average reader engaged. Nobody is interested in whether you brushed your teeth or not. They just want to get some value in your content, whether it be technical writing, a personal blog or anything.
Having a good blog layout
There are millions of blog layouts available on the internet, whether it be a color or image combination. Having a smart blog layout is sure to affect your visitors in the long run. It is creativity that attract readers. As said, ‘First impression is the last impression’. The same applies to blogging and if your reader finds it easy to navigate through your site, you must have hit it right!
Using lesser advertisements
Placing ads on websites is the best way of making money online without investing anything. But too many advertisements is sure to irritate your blog readers. What can happen sometimes is that a new popup with an advertisement can come up in your website while somebody is reading your blog and this can totally distract your blog reader, resulting in loss of traffic.
A lot of advertisements are really irritating as well. For example, I totally hate infolinks because they are text links and they spread around everywhere around the content. So, learning to place ads in the right position or within limited posts will not hamper your readers.
Maintaining the right attitude
What if you are rude to your readers? Whether you are popular or not, never maintain any sort of ego with your readers. Yes, if you are popular you might not have time to go through every query but at least giving 10 minutes of your time to replying comments will do no harm. Maintaining strong relations in a professional way is surely going to promote you and your blog. At the end of the day, it is always your readers who will decide to hate or love you. This, in turn, is totally dependent on you and your attitude.
Not only will these steps help your blog rank really well on the web, but applying these methods right from the first day will never let you down in the long run.
Do let us know if you have any other basic ideas that you implemented during your early days in blogging.