A lot of people today are very interested in the subject of blogging, but they aren’t sure what they should be doing to create and manage a well structured blog. If this is something that catches your interest then you should read further, as the following information can set you on the right path.
Use the correct spam filter for comments. If you require registration to comment, a CAPTCHA on the registration page is usually sufficient to keep spammers away. If you allow anonymous comments, an “advanced CAPTCHA,” that is, one that asks the user for “the number of hours in a day” or something similar is usually enough. Avoid services like Akismet, as these produce lots of false positives.
Make sure that you have SEO friendly themes, plug-ins and templates. This will allow your blog to load very quickly. The faster something loads, the more people are going to be willing to look at it. If a page takes to long to load, more than likely a visitor will just close the page.
Utilizing social media websites is a great way to generate interest and increase traffic to your blog. You can use Twitter and Facebook to inform readers of new blog articles which they can then share with their friends. These websites also serve as a way to interact with your readers, and find out what they are interested in. Tailor your blog updates to their interests.
Don’t go crazy with font styles, capitalizing, underlining, bolding and the like. While it is important to use formatting appropriately, too much formatting makes everything merge together on the page. Only use special font styles when you really need to draw the reader’s attention to a particular word or thought.
If you want to gain quality traffic for your blog, try focusing your content on well-informed and inspirational posts. Visitors will return to your blog again and again if they find high-quality, inspiring content every time they visit.
If you are interested in creating a loyal following for your blog, choose a topic that you are interested in and know a lot about. Then stick to that topic for the most part. If you continuously offer content related to a specific topic or theme, readers will keep coming back to look for new information.
Use the first sentence in each paragraph to make the main point of that paragraph. This is an old trick in journalism, a trick from back in time when the point of an article was to actually provide information. Using this approach in your blog will facilitate the needs of those that like to skim a page for the most important content.
Be sure to keep it simple. Blogging isn’t the same as philosophy. Even if you wish to explain any complicated concepts, try your best to keep them as simple as possible. Your blog competes with many other information sources, so it needs to be as easy to understand as possible.
Building an online presence via blogging is something that takes time, keep this in mind. Just remember that the sooner you start the sooner your potential to build an audience becomes. So do your best to apply all of the knowledge you learned and the audience you’ve been seeking should follow.