Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be revealing a few secrets in order to have a successful blog. In no way am I an expert at blogging but I think that there are things that a person should do and things that they MUST not do at all. Before we get started I’d like to say that I have invested a lot of time searching and compiling a list of things that help you blog like a pro. So, please bear with me and read it till the very end.
I’m going to be going step by step, from starting your own blog to clicking pictures. Oh and I’ll also put some information on how to be a PRO at blogging by using SEO optimization. If you don’t know what that is, stick till the very end, I assure you that you won’t regret this
Here we go.
Firstly, 1) SET UP YOUR BLOG:
you can choose any hosting website like WordPress or blogger OR you can choose to self-host it. Ofcourse that would require some time and money but in the end, it’ll be worth it. They’re actually pretty cheap ranging from 0.99$ to 4-5$.
- The name of your website should be RELEVANT to your blog. I.e a tech blog should NOT be named aaron5564.com Instead, it should be TechnologyAndAaron.com or TheTechBlog.com just go for something along the lines.
- Post ORIGINAL CONTENT with ORIGINAL PHOTOS: original content is a MUST. If you can’t write a few lines about your own thoughts about a product then I’m afraid blogging isn’t for you, my friend. Moral of the story: Always have fresh, crisp and orignal content.
2) The secret to GOOD QUALITY IMAGES:
I just cant stress enough on image quality. Good quality images are a must. Google obviously displays all images but the audience prefer clicking on the best clicked ones. Ofcourse, you don’t need to own a DSLR or an expensive camera. Just neat, raw, unprocessed images would do.
Use a plain photo paper or an A4-sized sheet for a white background and colored scrapbooking paper for a colored background. Tips: Use a few props like flowers, a basket as the background or a few colorful crayons. Keep the background as neat as possible.
Let’s get real, we all use filters. We all add touchups to our photos. But overly edited images are a BIG NO. Just NO. Don’t edit your images unless you’re really good at it, or you think you can enhance the quality of the image. Editing just hides the true beauty of a picture. Of course you can adjust the brightness and contrast but do not blurr out the edges or add weird texts on top, ununnecessarily.
Example of a raw, unprocessed picture
Example of a badly edited, low quality image:
Search Engine Optimization: This is something that I’ve learnt quite recently but it may change the face of your blog for good. It is a vast term, to be honest. But I’m just going to explain jt briefly. This might be something that you desperately need once you’ve established your blog.
- Post title VS. Post Meta title: Post title is how your reader sees the title while meta title is how it is shown on google. If you dont give one to your post, your post title will be treated as the meta title.
- Post description Vs Meta description: this is the same as the meta title,the meta description in wordpress is the ‘excerpt’. while you’re updating a post, you get options like password, tags, and EXCERPT. This is your way to type in a quick bait for your readers. Like you have those posts in google that say “click here to instantly get fair skin”
- Renaming Images: Yep, you clicked your images from a DSLR and the name of the image is an unpronounciable thing like 102Nikon.jpg. CHANGE THAT. Google filters your images by their name and not the actual image. Hence, very important.
Majority of traffic you get is from search engines only, which is why search engine optimization plays a key role in getting you traffic.
Visit Harsh Aggarwal’s Blog for detailed information on this. He has a great sense of humour and wit and ofcourse, he’s a giant success who’ll help you get a better understanding of the subject.
Oh gosh, you really can’t tell but I pulled this list and put in major important points from various websites. It is always better to search and research on Google but of course, keep the content original.
That’s it, folks. I hope you liked reading this post.
P.S: More tips and tricks are on their way!