Ben Barden over at the Top Ten Blog Tips has a genius post about the 10 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging.First off, Ben has a great blog where he posts the top ten reasons for anything pretaining to social media. I wanted to take the 10 things he has learned from actually blogging and add another 10 from my personal list. I have also given my thoughts to some of his top ten. So let’s get this partayyyyy started.
Ben’s Top 10 Things He Has Learned from Blogging
1. You Need to Choose a Topic You Know and Like. (This is number one)
2. You need to enjoy Writing. (You need to enjoy thought promotion and learning. I hated writing before I started blogging. Just believe in what you are writing about)
3. You don’t have to reply to every comment individually. (You should try and comment as much as you can but I agree with not having to do it ALWAYS)
4. You shouldn’t rely too heavily on one traffic source.
5. You shouldn’t worry about a high bounce rate.
6. You don’t usually get links by asking for them.
7. You don’t launch a forum when you have very few readers.(I don’t know why you would even think about a forum haha. )
8. Your posts need to be different
9. You can waste a lot of time on social networking sites.
10. You’ll meet some great people. (Amen)
Great tips and I suggest you go and read, subscribe, and learn from Ben.
My Top 10 Things I Have Learned from Blogging
1. Always Try and email the people who comment on your posts.
2. Do more than the other guy. Hustle. Hustle Hustle
If you need to wake up 30 mins earlier so that you can finish a blog post. Do it. If you need to stay 30 mins after work to finish up a project because you wrote a blog during the day. Do it. If you can’t handle the concept of spending some time on social media. Don’t do it.
3. You should always retweet and share posts you loved!
4. Use Google Alerts for content ideas. It has worked for me numerous times.
5. Use Niche-Geographic based social networks. I use Smaller Indiana. This helps with local. community support.
6. Get out into the community and network offline. It will help build further support
7. You should always put your blog URL on your business card and email signature.
8. Always measure the time you are spending online. If the return is not there… switch up your strategy.
I keep a paper where I measure the time I have spent online. I take that and relate it to sales growth.
9. Do not focus too intently on content. Get the thing written and change it later.
10. Video Blogs spice up a traditional blog. Try one ever so often.