Trends and algorithms are changing very rapidly in online battlefield. Blogging has taken a new avatar and everyone is learning new technique for long run survival. Where some webmasters are supporting great content while on other side some are supporting great SEO efforts. Home based business has just turned into a big topic of discussion and many people are trying their luck in this field.
While still we all are missing few basic steps which can make us successful blogger.
Many people still think that starting a blog and making it popular is too much easy. And this is the biggest reason behind such a large number of blogs starting daily.
So what are the crucial steps for successful blogging?
Here we are going to talk about few steps about which you might be aware but still not taking proper action. Think about each step very carefully and then relate it with your blog. Being a novice blogger or a professional blogger keep these things in mind before starting your next blog.
1. Select appropriate domain name
Selecting a domain name is very first and most crucial step for any blog’s success and identity. One of my friend has covered this topic on his blog and named it $10 CEO where he talked about the potential of bloggers.
Find a domain which represent your blog’s niche, so that it will become very easy for you to raise the voice of your blog with its name only. If you have any proper keyword in your mind and unable to find domain related to it then you can try expired domains. This is the best option to find high authority domain in just few dollars.
Here are few qualities of a domain which you must look.
- It should contain your main keyword in it. e.g if you want to start a blog on eyes problem then having keyword eyes in the domain would be a better idea. Note: There are some exceptions too where blogs are very successful without having any keywords in it.
- It should not contain alphanumeric characters in it, because when you will tell your domain to any third person orally then you will have to stress every time on numbers. e.g suppose I have domain name well2go.com, in this case every time I will have to tell that it’s number 2, not to.
- Avoid country specific domains (e.g .in, .au, .it, .io etc.) because Google have algorithms to give priorities to those domains in those specific countries only.
If you want to read in more detail then you can check my article - 5 Things you Must know before Selection of Domain
2. Choose your CMS wisely
Choosing CMS depends on the amount of freedom which you want to run that blog. At present scenario most of the bloggers are using WordPress because of its ease of handling. There are many platforms out there like blogger, xanga, tumblr, typepad, yola etc. So it all depend on your needs and your interest.
I recommend WordPress personally.
WordPress is such a powerful CMS as it gives you freedom to extend its features using plugins. At present WordPress repository is having 26,787 plugins, so you can select them according to your requirements. With awesome themes you can make it look professional and beautify it very easily.
Select theme of your blog very carefully and try to make it unique as well as neat. Theme selection itself is a tedious task so do it very carefully.
3. Knowledge about your niche
Many newbie bloggers are making one common mistake – selecting their blog’s niche by seeing their friends.
They don’t know about their interest and their passion. They simply start a blog because they just want a blog.
Knowledge in blogging plays most important or I can say crucial role, because you cannot write on topic which you don’t know. I agree that you can write 2-3 or 10 articles on such topics which you don’t know, but what about going for long run?
Yes !! You cannot write.
So before starting a blog collect appropriate knowledge about your blog’s topic and try to make deep study.
ZenHabits is such a great example of knowledge when Leo (author) is writing about his personal experience, and this is one of the best single-author blog in the world.
4. Your engagement
This point might seems weird but I have seen many blogger having envy with each other.
We just want to become king/queen in such a short time where we want to see only our blog shining everywhere.
This is not a strategy my friend.
If you want to grow yourself then start appreciating others work and start linking them in your articles. This will not only increase the reputation of your blog but also your links with other blogger will be strengthened.
We are here to make this world better by writing for them, and we cannot do it alone.
Start making new online friends and try to join hangouts where people are already chatting with each other. For this you can try various internet marketing forums and communities like Reddit, Quora and Inbound.
Interaction in comments
Start interacting with people who are coming on your blog and appreciating your efforts. Visit their blog and appreciate their efforts.
This will create a strong bonding with that person and you can exchange your ideas with each others.
If you are good in exchanging ideas then you will get success very fast. ~ Kulwant Nagi
Here is one example where my online friends Harleena is interacting with her readers in such a graceful manner that it is truly appreciable.
5. Concentrate on quality
People visit your blog because they want something.
They are looking solution of a problem about which you have written on your blog.
If you are not fulfilling their desire then they are not going to come back at your blog again.
Concentrating on writing what you know, because this will make strong connection with your readers and you will be able to express your thoughts more clearly. Here are few ideas which you can use to write interesting content.
- Try to write your self-experience article. People love to read such articles a lot.
- Write list articles on your blog, because they gives clear idea about the number of points which a reader is going to read in that article. (e.g. 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made In My Blogging Career).
- Take interviews of other bloggers. People love to read real life stories of great bloggers. This will strengthen your relation with interviewees as well as he/she will share it with his/her followers, so you will get more exposure.
- Add good images in article and use proper points and bullets.
This step will give you many loyal readers and they would love to visit your blog on regular basis.
6. Guest blogging
Guest blogging is an awesome way to kill many birds with just single shot.
You cannot get online success if you are not doing guest blogging.
Guest blogging backbone for any blog’s success. All big internet marketers have used this and still using it to get many benefits.
Here are few benefits.
- We get backlinks (Yeah, I know you are happy to hear this ;))
- We get more online exposure by interacting with more people.
- We get new subscribers.
- We get more sales and more identity of our brand.
and there might be many other benefits too.
Make a schedule to write atleast 2-3 posts in a month (minimum) and stick with it.
Promotion is having highest priority. If you can understand the perfect ways to promote your blog then you can take your blog at a very big level in very short time.
For any articles success – You must devote 20% of your efforts on writing while 80% on promotion.
So promotion is everything.
With proper promotion plan you can get in touch with more people and you can attract wider audience. Here are few methods of promotion.
- Guest blogging (As I said already).
- Quality comments on famous blogs.
- Forum posting.
- Social media promotion.
- Link bait.
- Relationship with other bloggers.
- Giveaways on your blog.
- Interviews of great bloggers.
If you will learn the tactics to dram more people on your blog then things will become more easy for you.
So these were few tips which you must consider if you want to raise your voice in blogosphere. Hope you will adopt these successful blogging tips for your current blog or your upcoming blog and going to get great success with these plans.
Over to you.
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