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4 Pro Blog Tips that You Should Ditch NOW!

Posted by on 2nd Mar 2013 | 10 comments

Have you ever thought why do only few bloggers succeed?

They know how to blog and more importantly how NOT to blog.

The tips which worked several months ago might not work now and the tips that you follow now won’t work after some time. So always analyze what’s working for you time-to-time.

Here are few pro blog tips that you should ditch to stand out from the crowd.

1. Post daily

Yes, I agree, posting daily works.

But when?

  • When you’ve loyal readers
  • Adequate no. of subscribers (RSS/email)
  • Active community running on your blog (where you’ll notice at least 10+ comments/post)

If your blog is still finding a momentum and when you’re still in the process of building an active community around your blog, don’t post daily!

What to do instead?

Write daily. Post only when it becomes useful and worth bookmarking. Remember that no post is better than a worst/crappy post.

Walk the talk, don’t talk the talk.

If you want something to achieve from your blog, walk the talk. Know what you’re talking about and write from your experience.

One of the best examples I can include here is: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the BEST body builder of all the time. Sure, he has made mistakes but he has walked his talk.

2. Write for the people not for robots

This is the dumbest suggestion for anyone who’re into blogging or online business. You must need search engines help to make your blog posts getting a momentum.

Your readers are important, that’s true. But you should also focus on optimizing the content for search engines to get long lasting traffic to your sites.

What to do then?

Write for both. Write for readers, optimize for search engines. You don’t need to keyword stuff your posts.

Let me tell you the secret of getting organic traffic flowing to your sites.. find the potential keywords before writing even a single word on your posts.

Instead of focusing on short tail keywords like ‘commenting tips’, you can rank better for the long tail keywords like ‘commenting tips for beginners’

Make sure your headline carries the potential keyword, followed by sub heads and image alt tags. For a beginner, it’s always better to learn SEO basics.

Here are few more tips to get organic traffic to your blog posts.

  • Write detailed posts with 800 to 1200 word count (detailed posts always rank higher in search engine rankings)
  • Try to link to the relevant posts (be it internal linking to your own posts or external links)
  • If you’re linking to someone, always link to their specific posts, rather than to their homepage. This way there’ll be a pingback to let them know

3. Write epic shit

Most new bloggers will misunderstand this.. epic shit doesn’t mean a perfect copy.

Just write. Create content that stands for something, you don’t need to run after perfection every time.

Moreover in this crowded blogosphere you can’t create truly unique content. The ONLY way to creating epic shit is to find and solve your readers problems and doing it consistently.

Most professional bloggers say this; focus more on creating high quality contents to make your blog go viral.

But do you think it’s true?

Almost every blogger is creating good content on their blogs. How can differentiate yourself then?

How can you make your blog go viral when no one knows that your blog exists?

No doubt, there’re gazillion of readers out there who’re eagerly waiting to read quality content. But you’ll get their attention only when you reach them where they’re already gathering. You need to focus on building a brand and network around your blog to make your content go viral.

Without having a smart content marketing strategy, you really can’t make your blog posts getting more visibility and attention.

Networking is king in blogging. You can’t take quantum leap with your blog by just having great blog content, you should also have raving fans and readers to read & spread that content. So build a thriving network around your blog along with the content creation.

How can you be everywhere?

  • Use blog commenting
  • Guest blogging
  • Video marketing
  • Forum discussions
  • Conduct interviews
  • Podcasting etc

Focus more on networking with others.. be it influeners or new bloggers in your niche.

If you don’t know about your audience frustrations and problems, you should re-think about your content strategy!

You can’t build a better blog in 2013 without providing value to your readers and customers. Analyze your potential readers, find out their problems and solve them on your blog posts. Reach more bloggers in your niche via social media sites and through guest blogging to get more online visibility.

4. Be the first commenter on top blogs to bring more traffic

How dumb is that?

In general, blog commenting won’t bring you much traffic. Blog commenting used to be a traffic generator, but not anymore! Most online people have less span attention, they always prefer skimming through the blog contents. You will rarely notice people reading blog comments on other blogs.

What can you do then? Should you stop blog commenting?

No.. never do that.

Always comment on other blogs to provide some value. Share your views and thoughts, spend some time to read and comment on the post.

95 out of 100 people will notice if you leave long comments. Do you want a better example??

commenting tips

Harleena Singh always spends quality time in writing long and thoughtful comments on other blogs. Every blogger or content writer loves to get insightful comments like that, isn’t it? What’s more important is, they will check out the commenters blog to know what kind of posts the commenters write about. This is surely a win/win approach for both the commenters and the blog owners.

So always spend some time to leave insightful comments on other blogs. Share your thoughts and experiences, ask questions to the author – this way you can build better relationships with other bloggers by harnessing the power of blog comments.

So how can you achieve blogging success?

Break the rules.

Think out of the box. Always strive to improve your blog posts, writing and the way you interact with others.

No matter how busy you’re spend time to share others blog posts, that’s the way you can actually build relationships and trust with other bloggers.

Over to you:

What do you think? Which pro blogging tip that you never care? Please share them in the comments.

 


Rahul Kuntala is a full-time blogger cum freelance writer, who blogs at Learn Blog Tips, on a mission to help more people to make a living from blogging without quitting their jobs. Hire his writing services to create top notch contents for your blogs too.

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  • Posted by Rahul Chowdhury on 2nd Mar 2013

    Yes I agree with you Rahul on all the points, specially the posting frequency. One should always post frequently if he/she has a lot of loyal readers on his/her blog.

    But I would contradict on one point, now-a-days, Google seems to prefer high authority sites much much more than sites with good content. For example, I have written an article based on the war between Android and iOS on my blog, which is a detailed comparison of over 2500 words, but still my post doesn’t rank well in SERPs, instead some low quality posts rank higher because of their authority.

    Do you think this is fair? Do you have a solution to this, how can we make our great articles rank higher in this current scenario?
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  • Posted by Koundeenya on 2nd Mar 2013

    Hey Rahul!

    I too see a large group of bloggers who believe CONSISTENCY is the key without actually having readers, for their blog. Consistency matters only if the content, published on the blog, is of the highest quality. Posting something, just to maintain the so-called CONSISTENCY is just a myth, and should be avoided at all costs.

    And yeah, long posts matter a lot, especially these days. Readers are getting more attracted to longer articles, as they provide deeper insights of each thing, thoroughly.

    Harleena is someone who always writes longer comments. I often wonder how she manages to comment on so many posts, on the web, replying to the commentators etc.,

    Great one, Rahul
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  • Posted by Jijin Mohan on 2nd Mar 2013

    Such a wonderful post Rahul. Personally I started digging into bloggging because of the money involved in it. And it took a long time for me to understand how to write for readers and not for the pennies, I guess money and fame will follow every blogger once he get to know what readers want and started writing for them. Thanks for the share :) #HighlyInspirational
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  • Posted by Harleena Singh on 2nd Mar 2013

    Hi Rahul and Zac,

    It’s my first visit to your wonderful blog Zac, and we need to thank Rahul for connecting us here. :)

    Thanks so much Rahul for the kind mention about the long comments – I guess you know how to make me feel good about leaving such comments on blogs. But like I always say, I would always prefer spending time reading the post and leaving long comments, even though they do take time because I believe I can say all that I want to without having to stop myself or restrict myself with words.

    I enjoyed your pro blog tips that we need to ditch. Ah…posting daily! I can never imagine doing that because I fear the post lengths and the comments that come thereafter, as like me, even my readers leave loooong comments, which would make me busy all day long just commenting! But jokes apart, I agree that we should write daily because that’s what makes us perfect in writing, though post only if you have lots of readers who would like reading your work every day.

    That was a lovely example in the video of walking the talk, and it’s always the voice of experience that stands out from the rest so we should stick to that while writing our posts too.

    I agree about writing for the readers first, then optimizing it for the search engines, we need both of them because both matter a lot nowadays. Your blog can’t really survive if you just have loyal readers, without the search engines finding your work, which only happens through the way you optimize your posts, without over-stuffing them with keywords of course.

    Hey! That’s nice to know that long posts rank better in the search engine ranking Rahul! Gives me relief indeed :) I do agree about the interlinking part as well, and this always does work well for your blog. Long tail keywords is another trick I learnt rather late, though am glad I did, though as they say learning never stops, and I’m still learning about keywords. I also need to learn more about building a brand, though networking seems to be on the rise for me. And yes, just good content isn’t really enough to make your blog go viral, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

    Ah…blog commenting! The more I talk about it, the less it seems. :) But I honestly do believe in leaving long comments, which many people call mini-posts in themselves because for me they are my way of conveying my thoughts about the post to the person who’s taken the effort to write the post. It’s almost like a face to face conversation I have with the person. May be I am wrong and spend too much of time, but that’s just the way I am :)

    Thanks so much for this lovely post Rahul, and for the kind mention. It sure was a pleasure to be at your blog too Zac. :)
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  • Posted by Gautam Doddamani on 2nd Mar 2013

    best post ever..thanx rahul…u have outlined the most important points and explained them very beautifully…i don’t write daily but when i do write i post quality content and as you said “no content is better than crappy posts”..yes i totally agree with that!

    also i practice writing for my readers…keyword stuffing never works and i personally don’t like this…i learnt this from syed balkhi…he used to say the same thing…”we should write for readers and not for bots”!

    writing epic shit is always a good idea…that’s why i do some research before posting anything and i make sure it works, that way if a reader reads my how to articles and if it helps him in the end…he will definitely take the step of thanking me and subscribing to my newsletter!

    i think i am definitely practicing your 4th points right now…that is posting a comment very first…i saw this post shared on facebook and then i immediately sat down to read it!

    thx for being helpful as always and talking some sense into us “bloggers”…on how to blog! :)
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  • Posted by Chris on 2nd Mar 2013

    One of the most overlooked things bloggers do is BE CREATIVE. Too often you get focused on using keywords or talking about a certain trend. Step away from your internet ways once and while and just think of something you think REAL PEOPLE will find interesting. Something outside of the box. Forget about keywords for a minute and using typical things like lists. Be yourself, be creative and add value to the internet.
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  • Posted by Rahul Kashyap on 3rd Mar 2013

    You are right @Rahul networking and log comment is very effective and important in blogging and other online work. i also want to touch with pro blogger from blog commenting and forum commenting. thanks for sharing this post @rahul. I will follow your suggestion in blogging :)

    Regards
    Rahul Kashyap

  • Posted by Srikanth on 3rd Mar 2013

    Hi Rahul
    Great to See Your Post on This :) Really Following the Blogging tips Given u helps us to Get Good Name on Web as well to our Blog Alsoo !! The Tips Really Help Us in Achieving Good Success in Blogging Thanks For Sharing !! :)
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  • Posted by Anil Bhogia on 4th Mar 2013

    The above technique are very effective for every blogger.
    Personally I started digging into bloggging because of the money involved in it. And it took a long time for me to understand how to write for readers and not for the pennies, I guess money and fame will follow every blogger once he get to know what readers want and started writing for them. Thanks for the share
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  • Posted by Hadley on 4th Mar 2013

    Video marketing is something we’ve started branching out into recently and seeing promising success.
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