Monday, May 25, 2009

Blog Tips - 15 Important Rules


In my previous post, I shared how I got into online blogging. However, I have been asked lately by friends and readers if I can share some tips on how to effectively blog. Again, I am not an expert. – But I am willing to lend a hand. What I can share are the things that I have learned during my 2 years of blogging experience. Mistakes, success and most of all – the things you need to avoid.

Here are some tips:

1. Be original –The most important rule. Create your own style (concept) and use material that is your own brand. This also means posting your original photos. Using photo URL available in the web is okay but should be your last option (please give credits to the owner). If that’s the case, readers might as well read the original blog source, right?

2. Write as if you’re only talking- You do not have to write like a novelist to be an effective blogger. Remember you are blogging and not writing a Constitution. Always remember that readers would prefer a simple yet effective blog. In blogging, it is acceptable to use expressions from speech.

Examples: I simply love it! What a fierce comment! Like duh! And a whole lot more.

3. KISS – Remember the acronym? Yes, even in blogging; Keeping It Short and Simple is very vital. Don’t make your life complicated. Easy reading means conveying your point better. Most readers are scanners. They do not read the entire blog. Readers in general have a limited attention span.

4. Write with the readers in mind – Do you remember WIIFM? It’s a marketing lingo for What’s In It For Me? Make sure that your readers would benefit or pick up something from reading your blog entries. Once you have achieved this, your readers will bookmark your site for sure

5. Make the experience valuable and worthwhile – Never waste people’s time! If you don’t have anything important to write, then don’t blog. It is never about the quantity, it’s always about the quality of your blog entries.

6. Always keep it lively – Make your blog snappy and snazzy. Don’t be afraid to joke every now and then. Your blogs are also a representation of who you are as a person. One way to keep your blogs lively is by adding original photos or videos related to your topic.

7. Writing clearly is a must – Keep your sentence construction short. If possible limit one idea in one sentence. Spoon feed your readers. Use commas and dashes generously to separate thoughts.

8. Link your blog - Adding links to your blog adds credibility to you as a blogger. This would show your reader that you have done the necessary researching in their behalf. Adding blog links or websites is also one effective way of adding traffic to you blog site. Eventually these same sites will link your blogs to theirs.

9. Use Proper Headlines/Subjects – This is the make or break part. Do not be afraid to make bold statements but make sure not to mislead people. Your headlines should live up to your blog content, ALWAYS.

10. Be honest – Do not exaggerate just to make your blogs interesting. Stick only to the facts. There should always be TRUTH in your blog. Your readers are not dumb! For all you know they know more than you do.

11. Proof- read, proof-read, proof-read – Check your blogs for typos and grammatical errors. You do not leave your house undone with a dirty hair or missing sock. Respect your readers by polishing your blog entries.

12. Use related keywords – This will help you stay on your goal. The clearer you are on your goal/purpose, the better you will deliver the message to your readers. Adding keyword is also important in creating traffic - search engines will pick up your entries and this will increase your site ranking.

13. Know your audience – Do you write about gadgets? Then talk techie. Do you blog about fashion? For God sake you must look fashionable enough and must know the fashion lingo. If not, blog about world peace or something. Knowing your audience is important to determine what direction of writing to pursue.

14. Venue for Readers to comment – Give you readers a venue where they can comment. Good or bad, you need to know your reader’s opinion - and eventually learn what they want. This is also a venue where you can establish a relationship with your followers.

15. Make it Interactive – Involved your readers by asking them questions related to your blog. Raising a question gives your readers an impression that you consider them when you were writing the blog. Remember, your blog is not only about your opinion; it is also your readers.

Do you find these tips helpful? I want to know your thoughts.

Soon I will walk you through on how to eventually earn from blogging. Stay tuned.

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nazcar on May 26, 2009 12:46 PM said...

great tips.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 26, 2009 4:36 PM said...

@ nazar... Thanks :)
Come back again :)

Candice on May 28, 2009 7:45 PM said...

Great advice

Thanks for stopping by. Come back again soon. :)

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 28, 2009 9:04 PM said...

Thanks Candice. See you around!

Anonymous said...

eric may blog ka na ba about the songbird?

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on June 10, 2009 5:17 PM said...

@ Anonymous

I hope you have left your name and contact details so I can personal reply to you...

But to answer you question, I don't have a blog about Regine V. Yet :)

internet marketing services on August 13, 2009 7:56 PM said...

thanks for the tips. i learned a lot from your post. great stuff.

laarni lopez on November 08, 2009 8:06 AM said...

just read this.. and i could really use these tips! thanks!

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 08, 2009 8:23 AM said...

@ Laarni.. you are welcome :)

Louie Sison on March 21, 2011 5:16 AM said...

"Write with the readers in mind" - one of my fav points that you mentioned.

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