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10 Blogging Tips for 2009 to Make It Your Most Successful Blogging Year Ever

Posted by on 31st Dec 2008 | 24 comments

With all the new internet marketing methods available, blogging has become a little bit “old hat” in the eyes of many. I mean, it’s not sexy like Facebook; it’s not as easy as Twitter and it certainly is not as glamorous as having a MySpace page.

In spite of all of this, blogging remains one of the most effective ways to brand your business online. So for this last day of 2008, I’m going to get back to basics, so to speak. Following are 10 reminders about blogging to keep in mind as you head into 2009.

Blogging in 2009: Going Back to Basics

Blogging Tip #1: Post Regularly. Readers will be more likely to follow your blog if you have a regular posting schedule. Post weekly, post bi-monthly, post monthly — it doesn’t matter what it is (although it should be at least once a week in my opinion) — but stick to a schedule.

Blogging Tip #2: Use Plugins. Plugins like “relevant posts”, “most popular posts” and “recent posts” make your blog more sticky because they encourage readers to hang around longer. The longer a visitor is on your blog, the better chance you have of converting them into a customer. And that, remember, is the goal when you’re in business.

Blogging Tip #3: Post from Experience. I like first-hand information. In fact, many web surfers are looking for this type of info. It’s no coincidence that “how to” information is the number one selling product on the web. Most of it comes from first-hand information.

So use case studies, write in the first person (eg, use “I”), tell your readers how you solved a particular problem, etc. I sell a lot of ebooks by doing just this. It lets readers know that you know what you’re talking about; hence, you become an authority voice in your niche.

Blogging Tip #4: Niche It. Speaking of niche – clearly define who your audience is and speak to them – and only them – directly. You will get ancillary customers/clients/readers as a matter of course. BUT, you should always blog with your core audience in mind.

Blogging Tip #5: Comment on Other Popular Blogs in Your Niche. Make relevant posts on other authority blogs in your niche. The key word here is r-e-l-e-v-a-n-t.

Blogging Tip #6: Write Well. Make your post long, make it short, make it mid-length, but by all means, write well. This cannot be taken for granted. I don’t care how salient your post is, if it’s poorly written, you will not be taken seriously. In fact, you can even damage your online reputation.

It’s probably no coincidence that the alphabet and sentence construction are among the first things we learn in school. It’s the foundation of communication — so don’t waste it; use it.

Blogging Tip #7: Market Your Blog. Don’t post it and forget it. This is your chance to use sexy marketing like social networking. Market your posts on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

Remember, once you start with social networking though, you have to engage with those communities. So when you start to incorporate social networking into your blog marketing, do it with this in mind.

Blogging Tip #8: Use a Clean Design. A blog doesn’t have to have all the latest gadgets to be effective. A simple, clean design – with good content – will compete with the flashiest design every time. Simplicity rocks!

Blogging Tip #9: Personalize Your Blog. Inject some personality. Let YOU come through!

Blogging Tip #10: Don’t Give Up. Blogging is tedious, boring, monotonous and downright draining at times. Once you’ve blogged for a while, there will be days when you just want to chuck it in favor of something more exciting.

But keep this in mind: in many cases success is not gained by the most talented, the most brilliant, or the most beautiful. All of these things help. But, success comes to those who simply “stick with it!”

Keep these blogging tips in mind as you head into the New Year and happy blogging in 2009.


Freelance writer and web entrepreneur. Learn more at InkwellEditorial.com's "About" page.

24 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Wesley on 31st Dec 2008

    Very good tips, although I may have some issues with #6. English isn't my first language, you see.

  • Posted by Yuwnda Black, Inkwel on 31st Dec 2008

    @Wesley, it doesn't matter. Write well in your NATIVE language. And if you want to blog in another language, hire a freelance blog writer who's fluent in that language. Good luck blogging in 2009.

  • Posted by Kay on 31st Dec 2008

    Thanks for these good tips! I starred this post in my Google Reader.

    I've been reading your blog for awhile now and would like to thank you for all the good suggestions, different perspectives, and helpful links that you post. Looking forward to more in the coming year.

  • Posted by jenna on 31st Dec 2008

    Great tips! Best of luck to you in 2009! Hope you have a happy New Year!

  • Posted by Play Games Win Prize on 31st Dec 2008

    Writing from experience really and truly brings out a blogger. When you're posting honestly with your own experiences, your readers would feel like they could relate more to it.

    -Mike

  • Posted by David Hobson on 31st Dec 2008

    Excellent tips especially for the new and upcoming bloggers and a happy new year to you and your readers.

  • Posted by Samsung Steel on 31st Dec 2008

    Nice tips, especially for those just starting out and others who may be becoming disheartened. The 10th tip is probably the most important in my opinion… you definitely need to have persistence to make your blog work.

  • Posted by buzzirk bryan on 31st Dec 2008

    There are days when you just want to chuck it in favor of something more exciting. The days are now .College football bowl game and Pro play offs take priorty.

  • Posted by Donny Gamble on 31st Dec 2008

    I will take in these tips and try to apply them to my blog in 2009. I am already doing most of these things, I just want to try to accomplish them more efficiently

  • Posted by 01Bri-Guy on 1st Jan 2009

    Great info about blogging, I'm working on getting started on my first one this year and I can't wait!!!

    Thanks!

  • Posted by international shippi on 1st Jan 2009

    thanks a lot for the tips. hope it will turn 2009 to a profitable blogging year for me and for everyone else out there.

  • Posted by 任崎剑 on 1st Jan 2009

    nice tips.

  • Posted by Blogger Tips on 1st Jan 2009

    yeah I'm going to be working on some personalization pretty soon

  • Posted by Cupid Blogger on 1st Jan 2009

    It is good to go back to basic..btw, i have bookmarked this post and happy new year to you

  • Posted by usd6 on 3rd Jan 2009

    Is indeed a very good article. To support the author!

  • Posted by electron on 3rd Jan 2009

    This novice can really play a great help! Persevere!

  • Posted by Ness on 5th Jan 2009

    I agree with you..going back to basic is the most important thing to do.

  • Posted by Rafiq Raja on 8th Jan 2009

    It's a real cool list of blogging tips. Thanks for that…. I have been following majority of them, now they have only been strengthened with your post.

    Comicology

  • Posted by Charles Ferris on 8th Jan 2009

    Thanks for the article. Blogging need not be a solitary experience. It's nice to read well written pieces.

  • Posted by celinamac on 9th Jan 2009

    Love your writing!

  • Posted by 2ron on 21st Sep 2010

    Thanks for your tips..They are really good.

  • Posted by Swamykant on 23rd Sep 2010

    Thanks for this basic tips ..
    My recent post State of The Blogosphere in 2010 – Infographic

  • Posted by OpenCart Templates on 9th Nov 2010

    I want to blog but I thought its a time consuming and for me its time wasting. But after reading this important things, I am now confident to do blogging. Thanks a lot ^_^

    Have a great day,

    Warm regards.
    Anatoly Gilderman

  • Posted by Swool on 7th Feb 2011

    10x…. nice tips!