5 Tips To Get Your Blog Read

You put a lot of time into writing your blog posts – heck, you spend a lot of time just figuring out what to write about – so you want to make sure your blog gets opened and read. Here are 5 tips to make sure your audience will want to read yours.

#1. Ignite the Spark.

It can take time to come up with a relevant topic (and “relevance” is key) so do your homework. Research what your audience wants to read about then make it interesting.

It can help to subscribe to similar blogs and create a “sample” file where you search for topic inspirations. That doesn’t mean copying what they write (not cool)… but instead look for the spark that triggers an idea you can work with, especially one that you can create a unique twist to the subject matter or tie it in with something going on within your industry, your community, or perhaps a global trend.

#2. Do Not Sell!

Your blog is a place to give new insights. Share ideas. Inspire others. Educate. It is not a place to sell – that is the purpose of an advertorial.

There is nothing worse than reading a great article that has given you a plethora of new insights, only to discover half way through that the author has duped you and turned the content into a blatant advertisement. You no longer trust anything you just read and will probably never read anything from this author again.

#3. Write Well.

Yes, proof reading and editing are important. Read your article out loud – backwards, even – to ensure there are no mistakes, or least minimal typos.

• Bold your subheadings.

• Use bulleted points.

• Write short paragraphs.

• Keep sentences short.

• Include keywords so your blog will be found online.

And be creative! Paint a picture for your reader by using specific words to describe settings and characters. Instead of saying, “the building was very tall,” tell the reader exactly how tall: “The building was ten stories high.”

Eliminate weedy words, which waste space, such as just, very, really, some, certainly, etc.

#4. Give Your Article a Great Title!

Just imagine you’ve picked up your favourite magazine. The first thing you do is open it up to the index page and scan the titles. The title that jumps out at you first, is the article you’ll read first – it has impact.

Make sure the title of your blog post jumps off the page – or off the screen – so it gets read first!

#5. You Don’t Have To Be a Writer.

This may sound odd, but if you can talk you can write. Remember, you’re sharing a story. But you may not have time in your schedule to write – so hire a ghostwriter! A good ghostwriter will write in your voice so it sounds like you’ve written it, it will say you’ve written in, and you will be gain expert status to help your business.

The key with writing articles is be known for your expertise… to be remembered when your prospect is finally ready to buy your product or service… and to help drive traffic to your Web site – so keep your blog active.

Making Money With Your Blog

I’ve sure you’ve heard before that it’s a possibility to make money with your blog and you may be wondering how this is possible. And were they really meant for making money or just for journaling your personal thoughts? I’m not sure what they were intended for but they are great ways to make money.

I have a personal blog which is just my own private little place to go online and jot down my thoughts, but I also have my business blogs.

Back In the Beginning

To be honest with you in the beginning of my blogging experience I really wasn’t sure what I should do with my blog. I knew I wanted to make money with it, but I didn’t know how. I didn’t know what I could do to not only be a value to others so they would come back to my blog, but that I would still enjoy writing it.

So it was really important to me that I find a topic in which I would be excited about, and have enough to offer so that I could blog every week or so. After starting a blog that was meant to just be an add-on to my business at MommysPlace.net and struggling with the direction of that blog, I came across one of Alice Seba’s blogs, which she used to write about her experience through a traffic product.

So every couple of weeks she would update her progress through this course. She would tell us all about her successes with this product and how great it was for her business. And it made me think of how I could do something similar.

Product/Service Focused Blog

And this is when the light bulb moment went off in my head. This is when I realized what I should have been doing all along. I have been a member of an exclusive coaching program for mothers in business.

Since joining this program my business has seen great success. My income has increased more then 10 times what it was before I joined, and my traffic has increased even more then that.

I enjoy and believe in this coaching program and it happens to have an affiliate program. I often got emails from other work at home mothers who wanted to know my thoughts on this program.

Taking a cue from Alice’s blog I decided to start my own such blog. And named it Mom Masterminds Grad and it can be found at [http://www.mmgrad.com]

I use this blog for the purpose of documenting my successes with my business. My projects, new content added to my website, keyword phrases I was ranking for…etc. Basically anything that has to do with my business that was directly or indirectly because of my joining Mom Masterminds, I jot down.

Not only was this the best move I could have made for my promoting this affiliate link it also served as a great way to really see for myself the successes my business was achieving and also to keep me on track.

This is one way you could make money with a blog. There are other ways you could make money with a blog if you don’t want to devote a blog to one service or product you’re promoting.

Side Kick Blog

For instance, my blog at [http://www.telecommutingmoms.com] is a side kick to TelecommutingMoms.com and my forums. This is a blog in which I update my members on additions to the website, newsletter and forums. And also use it as a vehicle for updating members on any important telecommuting news and promoting affiliate programs.

So this blog serves more then one purpose. My main goal with this blog is to get traffic to certain sections of my website. I have a large website and it’s not always easy for people to find my information. This is a great way for me to keep certain new pages or sections of my website in the public eye and get traffic to those pages. It also serves as a way to make money with affiliate programs. And lastly it gives exposure to my forum and my newsletter.

There can be many ways and, many topics in which you can make money and gain exposure to other businesses you may have, or can help in creating you as an expert in a certain field.

Just take the time to really think about what you could be writing about and then how you can make money with that as well. You can take a look at others blogs to get an idea and see what other people are looking for.

Making Money With Your Blog – Resources:

Blogs to Riches- is an e-book that details ways you can make your blog profitable. And the really cool thing with this is if you list the publisher’s link on your blog for 45 days he will give you this e-book for free! If you don’t want to wait that long you can also purchase it for a low price. Read more about Blogs to Riches – [http://www.blogstoriches.com]

Increasing AdSense – is an e-book about how to increase your AdSense revenue. This e-book isn’t specifically geared towards blogs, but the information you will learn you can use with your blogs. (As well as websites and forums…anywhere you have adsense.) http://www.adsense-secrets.com

* Don’t know what AdSense is? Go to http://www.google.com/adsense to learn more.

Ready To Blog?

Are you ready to take the leap into a blog? If so, it’s really very easy to set up a blog. The one resource I have used for my old blog is blogger.com and what I use for my current blogs is WordPress. Blogger is a great option for the newbie and you can host it with them. WordPress is a bit more complicated and must be hosted on your own domain, but it’s by far my most favorite option for blogs.

Submit Your Blog

After you create your blog you will want to submit it to blog directories to help get your blog out in front of the public. Some of the directories you can try are:

BlogWise – [http://www.blogwise.com]

Blog Search Engine – http://www.blogsearchengine.com

Blog Hub – http://www.bloghub.com

Blog Daisy – [http://www.blogdaisey.com]

Get Blogs – http://www.getblogs.com

Is Blogs – http://www.lsblogs.com

Feeds

Next, you need to add feeds to your blog. For adding a feed you add a little graphic to your blog. It can be a “my yahoo” feed, msn feed, or many other options.

When they click on that they can add your blog to their personal feed page. Then every time you add a new post they are alerted on their yahoo page that you have posted AND it even shows the topic of the post and how long ago it was posted.

This is one of the best resources I’ve found in keeping people coming back to your blog. They can subscribe to it so easily and they will be automatically updated whenever you have posted. It’s pretty easy to add an RSS feed to your blog. The resource I personally use is at http://www.feedburner.com

Watch Out Blogging World – Here I Come!

Now, see how simple this really can be? You can make money with a blog, gain exposure for another business or websites, can build yourself as an expert on a certain topic, can create a blog for free, get it listed for free and start an RSS feed for free! Now get out there and start blogging.

How to Write Multiple Blog Articles a Week Successfully

With the massive volume of content online as well as the stiff competition that you are undoubtedly facing all over the place, it is extremely important that you generate as much top-quality content every week as possible. Of course, that may be easier said than done. If you are committed to writing three or four times a week, you need to make sure that you don’t burn out.

The importance of consistent, successful blogging

If you are a busy business person, which you probably are, it may not be very easy to find the time to write multiple blog articles each week. First of all, it is certainly not always easy to come up with fresh, exciting topics a few times a week. Okay, once you have gotten over that obstacle, the next challenge that you face is the actual writing of the blog article.

Creating great content is challenging and the results often take time to present themselves.

At this point, you may be wondering how other people manage to successfully write multiple blog articles each week. First of all, it is important for you to understand that people who manage to write multiple blogs each week for their businesses are people just like you and me. They have a multitude of things to do every day. In addition to other commitments; however, they also make blog writing one of their priorities. If you make it a priority, you will make it happen.

If you are wondering what the necessity is to post multiple blogs a week, there is a simple answer to that. It is to increase your website traffic and to be presented with the opportunity to establish new relationships. Content, as a commodity, is incredibly valuable and without it, your business would not exist.

However, one thing that you need to understand is that you probably will not see positive results from your blog-writing efforts immediately. It takes time (on average, 3-6 months is not uncommon) to start to reap the rewards from your blog-writing efforts. However, you will start to realize quickly that it is well worth the wait.

Establish objectives

Every business, no matter what that business does and no matter what that business represents, must have objectives that are met within a certain timeframe. This applies to how many blogs you feel you want to write for your business as well as other objectives that are related to your business. Additionally, this is where a business strategy (which you should have written a long time ago) applies.

It is important to establish a roadmap of sorts so that you can follow it, achieve the milestones (or interim goals) that you have built into that strategy along the way, and eventually successfully achieve the overall objective. In short, it is very important that you can see the objective before you take any steps to achieve that objective. Of course, it will take some serious time and effort before you are able to achieve that objective but if you are patient and methodical, there is no doubt that you will achieve the objectives that you have set for yourself and your business.

Another thing that is important to keep in mind is that the number of weekly blogs is less important that making the commitment and sticking with that commitment. Of course, with that in mind, it is also important to remember that what is being discussed here is writing multiple blogs each week so writing one a week will simply not suffice. It is very important that your priorities are in order and that you work hard on achieving your objectives in a timely manner.

If you are feeling uncomfortable with the writing process, one really good way to conquer that is to make a commitment to writing something every day. It is a really excellent way to prevent writer’s block from happening and your writing skills will never be rusty; they will always be there for you to call up whenever you need them.

In addition to the goal of writing every day, you will probably find it helpful to set an actual deadline for your writing. That is also something that you will want to incorporate into the road map. Another often-successful trick is to write at the same time (more or less) every day. Human beings generally thrive when they have a schedule. There is no reason why you should not give yourself that gift.

Conclusion

Posting multiple blogs each week for your business consistently is often challenging and you certainly don’t want to get into a position in which you feel that you are burning out from the pressure of that sort of writing schedule. On the other hand, writing multiple blogs opens up a world of possibilities for your business. It also gives you to potential to reach many more people.

Writing multiple blogs a week not only helps your target audience by supplying them with a fair amount of top-shelf information but it also helps your reputation and gives others the perception that you are knowledgeable on a broad scale. If you follow the advice that is given here, you will successfully achieve the goal of writing multiple blogs without burning out. Burning out is not an option for you.