How to have a Bangin' Blog in 20 Tips

There is always something we forget to remember when we're writing a blog, and there are just as many blogs telling you what you shouldn't forget. Some common questions bloggers continuously encounter include:

  • How long should my blog really be?
  • Should I write in first or third person?
  • How many images are too many?
  • Should this be credited?
  • Where should I include a break?
  • How much research should I do?
  • What do I do after I publish a blog?
  • Am I using the right tags?
  • What's a good title?
  • How can I gain more views?

This list only grows the more we analyze our own work and want it to succeed. At the heart of it all, your blog should represent you. In order to maintain consistency in your work, it is very important to keep true to your brand voice. Why is this consistency important? To put it simple, people don't like change and they'll be able to see it in your work. To remedy this, practice writing daily and regardless of your style or level, we've rounded up 20 tips that should be on your blogging checklist.

  1. Proofread your blog out-loud
  2. Have someone else be your proofreading partner
  3. Maintain the same point of view throughout your post
  4. Have at least a featured image relevant to the topic
  5. Make sure you are picking the right words, i.e. effect vs. affect 
  6. Pick at least one keyword and make sure it is in your title and blog
  7. Do not copy other people's work word for word
  8. If you are quoting someone or using their images, credit them
  9. Use relevant tags (what words would your audience use to search this topic?)
  10. Track of your traffic
  11. Keep your CMS updated
  12. Interact with your audience
  13. Be positive, be real
  14. Keep the length from 500 - 1,500 words
  15. Write like a person, not like a robot
  16. Make sure to answer the 'so what?' question
  17. Use credible sources in your research
  18. Wait an hour or up to a day for final edits and publication
  19. Write everything that comes to mind in one sitting and edit later
  20. Use writing tools (like AtomicWriter) to drastically improve your writing

Blogging is a great way to test your skills in writing, creativity, CMS, and web design. You have to be up-to-date with the latest news in SEO, host and domain updates, the changes in how people are consuming written content online, and the increasing demand for quality content. Blogging is such a dynamic job. It takes practice, patience, a keen eye for detail, and courage.

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