I did not come up with this title, nor these strategies so before I start, let me tell you that I found this awesome book called, Blogging for Fame and Fortune, by Jason R. Rich. I have condensed some of his strategies to help both you and me.
1). Fine-tune and Flesh Out Your Blog Topic or Theme.
Come up with a general topic or theme for your blog, then make a list of at least 10-15 potential blog entry topics into full-length post. Always make sure the topics are relevant to your target audience.
This applies to some of you organized bloggers like LadyFi and my friend Shirley at 100 memoirs, but sadly, not to me.
2). Brainstorm New and Original Content.
Become an expert on whatever you decide to blog about, and read other blogs, newspapers, trade journals, magazines that cover the same topic. Figure out what others are doing and make it better, more efficient or more entertaining. Exchange links with other online based sources in order to further build your audience and boost your own credibility.
3). Keep Your Blog Current
Keep up to date with latest news and data. List your sources and explain how and when the information was compiled. Presenting outdated information can quickly damage your credibility as a blogger. If your audience expects a daily, weekly or bi-weekly blog, stay on schedule, so your audience knows what ans when they can expect it. (I haven’t kept mine up, please don’t tell.)
4). Get Your Audience Emotionally Invested in Your Blog.
Be passionate about whatever you’re blogging about. Publish content that your readers strongly agree or disagree with. Encourage your audience to share their thoughts and opinions. Create a small online social networking environment with your blog.
5). Find Your Voice and Use it Properly.
People appreciate what’s familiar. Avoid flip-flopping on opinions. Your voice should allow you to showcase your personality, create a reputation for yourself that sets you apart from other bloggers.
There are NO RULES for achieving success in blogging. You just need to be creative, unique, persistent and understanding of your audience, and how you want to be perceived. YOUR BLOG SHOULD BE AN EXTENSION OF YOUR PERSONALITY.
PLEASE SHARE IN ONE WORD OR ONE SENTENCE WHAT IS UNIQUELY YOU, AND HOW YOU WANT US TO PERCEIVE YOUR BLOG. IF YOU WANT FEEDBACK, PLEASE SAY SO. THANKS AND LET’S HAVE FUN.
If you prefer not to, that’s fine too.
My comment is easy GUTSY WOMAN is how I’d like to be perceived. What is your blog voice? Please let us know in the comments section.