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3 Tips that just might Improve your Blog

Steven Bradley, aka Van Gogh, sent a blog meme my way last week. My mission is to come up with 3 tips to improve your blog. The meme is a fork from the what are your favorite magazines meme. I’m glad I don’t have to answer that question because I don’t read many magazines anymore. Most of the information I process is delivered via the online medium. With the onslaught of new media, I wonder if mags could be going the route of phone books–can’t remember the last time I used one. Okay, here goes…

Blog Tip #1: Write Like It’s Your Last Words

In the flurry of trying to crank out regular posts, many bloggers seem to lose sight of what they are doing: writing. There is a big difference in the enjoyment I receive from reading a craftily written post vs. a hastily written one. In fact, good writing will often make me read further into a post even when the information is not so beneficial. It’s important not just to proofread, but go the extra mile for your readers in writing in a clear, interesting and provocative style that will make them want to read more of your posts. Think of it as akin to link bait. By the way, don’t get the idea that because I wrote this, I am a good writer. I’m still learning this principle myself.

Blog Tip #2: Use Every Tool Built in Blog Tool Available

What’s the difference in a blog and web site? One difference is that blogs are social. They have built in tools that allow intercommunication with other bloggers. Allow comments to be posted and approved on your blog. Take advantage of the trackback, pingback and ping functionalities. Utilize a blogroll. If you want, you can go a step further and deploy all sorts of plugins and widgets to sosh up your blog.

Blog Tip #3: Use Eye-catching Pictures

Whether landing on your blog deliberately or randomly from Stumbleupon, one of the symptoms of the hurried age we blog in is that readers scan the page quickly for something to latch onto. If nothing grabs their eye, they may be gone in a split second, perhaps never to return. Of course, it won’t always be expedient to find an appropriate pic to match your post (as in this post), but inserting a humorous or catchy image can be worth a thousand blogged words.

Now it’s time to be a good blogmemer and tag another blogger to carry on the legacy of the 3 Tips to Improve your Blog meme. One problem: I don’t know who to tag. Please jump in and pick this one up if you feel inspired.

Now… What are your three best blog tips?

Emory Rowland

Emory Rowland is editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire. He's a fanatical blogger, entrepreneur and builder of Internet things from way back. Emory's love for social media and success with organic search led him to start a SEO consulting venture. Apart from the Internet, he could be considered by many as pretty worthless. More...

5 comments

  1. Steven Bradley

    Glad you decided to participate Emory. I think you know I agree with tip #1. I think it’s by far the most important aspect of a successful blog. #3 is one of those tips I need to work on more myself. I know that images will improve the design of a post, make it more scanable, give visual cues. and simply add interest, but still forget to add them all the time. I’m embarrassed to say it’s just laziness on my part. By the time I’m done with the writing I generally don’t want to go looking for or creating images to add to the post. It’s a good point to make use of them though and something I need to remind myself to do more often.

  2. I agree with the point about writing well. I often find myself rushing through a blog post and not checking it before posting. This is due to the rushed nature of the Internet, passionate feelings about a subject, or carelessness. You can also bet that someone will point out ever grammar and spelling error if I don’t find them first.

  3. I think writing well is the main part of any blog. If you don’t write properly no one would come and visit right? Besides, blogging is about passion not about ads.

  4. subske

    I have to agree that writing and engaging the audiences with insightful content is one of the most important parts of maintaining a good blog. I am always under so much pressure from my workload that when I get inspiration to write a blog post I do end up rushing some of my posts. There are days however where im a bit more relaxed that I take the time to fully research the content I am posting and really read and re-read what I am posting. There are some posts on my blog that have literally taken me hours to write as I have made sure that I covered my topic and sources correctly. The points you have made though are all valid and will probably make me think a little bit more about each article before I post in future.

  5. Emory Rowland

    I appreciate the thoughtful comments. One aspect of doing a meme like this is that it forces me to think about things. I guess you could say the unexamined blog life is not worth living.

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