Here are some suggestions of things that you might consider keeping in mind as you get into writing your posts and start to develop your blog.
a) Publish on a regular basis
You should aim to publish posts on a regular basis – this doesnt mean that you need to post every day, although it’s better to post more frequently than not. Aim to post two to three times a week and then keep to that regular rhythm. If you leave it a long time between posts then people will tend to wander in and out rather than become dedicated followers, but if you are going to be away or know you won’t be able to post for a while then simply let your readers know in a post! However, one last reminder dont post for the sake of it. Better not to post than sacrifice quality!
b) Stay on planned topics
Try to avoid mixing lots of different subject areas in your blog: as a business blog you want to keep the content as targeted as possible to your niche market area which will help you to get more exposure and build your reputation in that area. Focusing on your main topics is likely to bring you much more success than if you start to stray onto a number of different areas. If you decide that you do want to cover them and the area warrants it, then you might consider setting up a new separate (focused) blog.
c) Always keep your readers in mind
Whether you post twice a day or twice a month, always bear in mind who is going to be reading your posts. Then make sure that you write about things that will be of use to them, inform them, amuse them, inspire them, encourage them or any mixture of the above. As Seth Godin commented, “The mistake most blogs and books make: they are about the writer, not the reader” – try to avoid falling into this trap.
d) Make your titles attractive (in all senses)
When you write your posts, spend time on the titles that you give them. You need to use them to attract your readers’ attention (in RSS feeds or Search Engine Results) but ideally they should also include your post’s main keyword so that it helps on the Search Engine front as well. [No-one said it was easy! ;)] The title will often form part of the posts permalink as well as the Title Tag which makes it doubly important to get the keywords in there if possible.
e) Reference other sites and any sources
If you write a post which references other articles then you should ensure that you state where the reference comes from and add a link back to that article where possible. Its akin to good manners in blogging, adds credibility to your own work and benefits your readers. If the article is on a blog then add a trackback this creates a link back to your post from the original, as well as informing the author that you are developing the themes of their post.
f) Spelling and Grammar
While Blogs may be slightly less formal in terms of writing style, you should still try to avoid spelling and grammar errors in your posts, partly because it displays professionalism and partly because mistakes can distract people from the content they are reading.
g) Check back to your planning document
From time to time, check back to your original planning document where you outlined the aims of your blog and what you wanted to achieve with it. It’s always good to make sure that you are still maintaining those aims and that you are both measuring and achieving the results you were working towards. If you are not, then take a good hard look at your blog … or at your plan.
h) Reference your Foundation articles
When you started your business blog, hopefully you created a number of Foundation articles which put down a solid base for your blog in the key subject areas that you would be dealing with. It’s good, as you write, to reference back to them in your posts on a regular basis to encourage new readers to your blog to review them. Make sure that you have links back to these key articles elsewhere on your blog as well.
i) Encourage comments and follow up
Since the first step in establishing a conversation with your readers is going to be through the comments that they leave, encourage them to do so. Try leaving an open ended question at the and of your posts or simply ask them to comment – nothing ventured, nothing gained! Remember when they do leave comments, make sure that you respond to them wherever possible – a conversation is two way after all!
What other suggestions would you give on ‘Writing your Blog’?
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