1. Pick Your NicheChoose a topic that interests you and of which you are familiar. If you choose something that you aren't passionate about or have no knowledge of, your blog won't read well and you will have a difficult time attracting and keeping readers. The goal is to provide others with knowledge on a topic you enjoy.
2. Keep Your Content FreshWhile you don't necessarily have to write a new post every day, you should be contributing to your blog on a regular basis. The more often you update your blog, the better it will rank with search engines and the more often people will return. Page views are an important aspect to blogging. If you only write a post once every three or four months, people won't be interested.
3. Write Solid ContentIf you don't write content that is easy to read and coherent, you will have a difficult time finding readers. The search engines watch for content that is stuffed with keywords rather than using them appropriately and will lower your rankings if your content isn't high-quality. Practice your writing skills and run your posts by someone else to ensure that everything reads well.
4. Spread The WordWhile search engines are a great tool to help readers find your blog, you can't rely on them completely. Use the social media networks to spread the word about your blog. Provide your readers with the option to share your posts with family and friends through social networking sites. This will help you gain greater readership with less work from you.
5. Make It CatchyUse exciting, descriptive titles for your posts. The first thing your readers will see is the title to your posts. You want the title to grab the reader's attention and make him want to read more. Asking a question or telling your reader what they can expect to learn by reading your post will help encourage your readers to keep reading.
6. Monitor Your CommentsAs a beginning blogger, you may think that any comment is a good one. However, some people use comments to spread spam and to draw traffic away from your blog. Delete any posts that contain spam or links to your competitors. While it is okay to link to related blogs, you don't want any that lead your readers to a direct competitor.
7. Write Directly To Your AudienceKnowing who your audience is will help you write to them. For instance, if you have a blog that deals with home improvement, most of your readers will be homeowners and those interested in improving their homes. Use lingo that your audience will know and avoid terms they may not.
9. Break Up The TextBreak up your content using headers, bullets and numbered lists. Using headers allows your readers to scan the content to determine if they really want to read the whole thing. If not, they can choose the sections that are most relevant to them and move on. Bullet points and numbered lists can help your readers identify important information.
Blogging for profit can take a long time to establish. Therefore, it is often easy to give up not long after you begin. However, if you keep at it and follow the proper protocol as a beginning blogger, you can see your blog through to success.
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