Top 15 Blogging Best Practices

Why Aren’t You Blogging?

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How can you become a better blogger?

1. Use a catchy title. Make the title unique, consider using questions and lists.

2. Use interesting visuals. Include an image or video in your blog. This will get people’s attention and help them better understand the content of your blog.

3. Include links. Links add depth and credibility to your articles and allow you to show a little ‘link love’.

4. Use bullets, italics, and bold font. This makes for an easier read. Using bold font allows the reader to quickly scan your post.

5. Let your personality come through. This is what makes your blog unique.

6. Make blogs short, otherwise your reader might take one look at your post and bolt. If you choose to make your blog post long, consider breaking your blog into parts or use bold font to highlight the main points of the blog.

7. Reference your articles. If you use other people’s work, include a reference or link to their article.

8. Be interesting and have fun.

9. Encourage comments. Engage your reader and develop a relationship with them. This can be as simple as ending your post with a question.

10. Be bold. This might take the form of being outrageous or controversial.

11. Post tags. This will help your readers find you.

12. Respond to comments as soon as possible. Treat your reader like a friend. If your friend calls you and leaves a message, do you wait days to respond?

13. Make your blog post easy to share. This may include adding widgets such as Tweet, Reddit, Delicious, Stumble Upon, etc.

14. Post frequently. This helps keep your blog fresh and entices search engines to index you more often.

15. Promote your blog. This involves posting your posts to bookmarking sites, such as Stumble Upon and Delicious. Use Facebook and Twitter or other virtual communities such as LinkedIn and Craigslist (I use the ‘community’ section for this purpose).

Dear reader, what other social media best practices have worked for you?

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366 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by TEVG on November 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Blogging for nothing and ur chips for free.

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  2. Nice post – good tips! However, I do not post frequently since I am not too concerned with indexing. I lost interest if someone I follow posts more than three times a week, unless it is short and sweet.

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    • Thanks for your feedback! Blogging frequently is an excellent way to engage your audience, but you bring up a great point. Is it possible to blog too frequently? At what point will your target market tune out?

      Perhaps, titles act as an important tool for readers to decide whether they can benefit from a blog and an ample range of topics offer more choices for the reader. They can choose to prioritize the posts they read based on their level of interest in the topic and the time they have to read or scan a post.

      BTW, your fur munchkins look so adorable! My idea of success is having a backyard big enough to own a dog. One day, sigh.

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  3. Posted by thenewcomer on November 2, 2010 at 7:39 am

    The tips you offer would work if you are aiming to increase the readership of your blog. Certainly I notice when I blog about controversial issues such as religion and religiosity, I get more comments and views. But I question your assumption that a “better” blog is necessarily one with more readers. Surely that depends on what you want out of blogging? I blog because for me, blogging is like writing a diary, and I’m certainly not going to “dumb down” my blogs by adding pictures or coloured fonts, or breaking up long posts, for the sake of attracting a few more readers! ;)
    I also believe that blogging is an inherently political act:
    http://thenewcomer.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/who-do-you-think-you-are/

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    • I see exactly where you’re coming from. Blogging for me is simply a way for me to not feel so powerless and to have a voice in the world around me. I don’t particularly care if anyone reads it first-off, but I know eventually, someone will read it and it will influence or effect someone. But I see that people will read what interests them whether you try to promote yourself or not. I personally don’t always keep my blogs short especially when I feel I have a pressing need to give detail and information about a subject I feel strongly about, especially when it’s controversial.

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      • Thank you for your feedback and I definitely take what you’ve written to heart. A quick note on the issue of length. What is considered short depends, in part, on the nature of the blog. I’ve used the analogy of a blog whose target audience is English Literature students as opposed to marketing professionals. In addition, readability is the main issue here. Your blog can be 800 words and still be reader friendly if you effectively use bullets, bold fonts, images, etc.

    • Why do you blog at the first place anyway? If your aim is to be well known in the web, then you can use all the gimmicks you could ever imagine. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to spill out your convictions, beliefs, and a CAUSE to the whole wide world then you have a mission. Your mission could be impossible, but you just need a tiny spark to fire up a forest.

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    • When I began blogging, I did not want to be referred to as a blogger. The word seemed dirty and soiled because many popular bloggers limit their content to gossip and gibberish. Now that I have been blogging for at least two years, I appreciate the act because, as many of you note, I write for myself. The author is right, though, about using social networking sites as promotions. Through Twitter, my blog has enjoyed more views although very few people post comments or subscribe. Instead I have made contacts with bonafide poets and writers as well as a wealth of people who share my taste in discourse, music, writing, education, and the like. The only thing I refer to do is focus on length. I use my blog to enhance my writing, so I experiment with various genres, which will change the length of posts. All in all, I enjoy blogging for myself without the tarnish of a gossip blogger.

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    • Excellent point! Your purpose / goal for having a blog will certainly effect the way you choose to present your blog.

      For sure, it’s important how the blogger views having photos, video, etc. integrated within their blog posts. I want my blog to be accessible to a range of people, many of which learn better with visuals that are relevant to the text. Also, just like a TV ad has more potential to have a greater emotional impact than, say, a newspaper ad – visuals combined with quality text have a greater potential for inciting an emotional connection to an article.

      Thank you for your contribution!

      Does anyone have any further thoughts about this topic?

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  4. This is all great advice…it’s just, well, it was a bit too long. :-) JK…You brought up great points. Thanks for the info!!

    http://www.runtobefit.wordpress.com

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  5. Posted by AMY-of-all-trades on November 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Good points – really likin’ this post. Thanks for the outline of everything I’ve been thinking about but haven’t been able to organize. Kudos!

    Love,
    A

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  6. Posted by It's just a web site man! on November 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

  7. Thanks for the post! I have a blog and I was wondering why I didn’t get very much trafic but I’l try these tips. Thanks again!

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  8. I would have to say that I do 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15
    So I’m not doing that badly (:

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  9. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing. Love it!

    stacia222.wordpress.com

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  10. Your list is really succinct and overall helpful/good. This would be a good list to keep around someone’s desk who is an advent blogger. I have to say blogging about upcoming events and follow-up blog posts help me gain visitors as well.

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  13. Really enjoyed the information. Short, sweet and to the point. No guessing needed. Keep up the great work. r

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  14. Good advise for newbies like me.

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  15. I’m finding an inherent disconnect between “promotion” and “being bold.” Of course I use Facebook and LinkedIn,etc., but because my content is “mature,” I have no chance of the biggest promotional tool available on WordPress: Freshly Pressed.

    Any advice?

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    • Hi, there are communities or networks of people whose mutual interests bring each other together over the internet. It’s all about filling a need. You have some stories/experience that could help people, such as those going through a divorce. For example, there are many meet-up groups for divorced women at http://bit.ly/bKLngM. Best of luck!

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  17. Posted by O Letters & Tea Leaves on November 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Great tips for the new blogger (that’s me!).

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  18. This is such a great post, so far we’ve been relying on twitter and word of mouth, we have a lot more work to do. Thanks!

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  19. Very helpful for a new blogger like me.

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  20. Thanks for the tips! All good reminders…
    http://notcomplicated.net

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  21. Good tips.

    I’m trying to hone my blogging skills as I’m a newbie, so your tips are appreciated.

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  22. Facebook is by-far the best avenue for traffic to my blog thus far. I’m going to start using Craigslist now!

    Good post.

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  23. I’m going through my blog and editing with Zemanta. Then I have the opportunity to Tweet it so I get some readers for old posts. Zemanta is really cool – they suggest links, tags, and pictures.

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    • Thank you for introducing myself and my readers to Zemanta – very interesting! Greatly appreciated! I’ve installed Zemanta and am looking forward to trying it out. Best wishes.

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  24. #5 Made me think of Bill Cosby’s classic routine:

    Bill Cosby: I said to a guy, “Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful,” and he said, “Because it intensifies your personality.” I said, “Yes, but what if you’re an asshole?”
    :)

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  25. Great information. I already incorporate many of these but I think I could do more to get new visitors to leave comments.

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  26. Thanks for the insight!

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  27. Breaking a long post into parts would make me “bolt.” The most annoying thing on the internet today is getting down to the bottom of a page and seeing a link that says “Part II” or “Next page.” This is the web; there’s no need to split things up!

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  28. These are good tips. I think I might steal, er, use a few. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  29. Good tips. Any suggestions on how to be less lonely as a blogger though? My cat just don’t cut it.

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    • I think instead of aspiring to the philosophy ‘if you built it they will come’, it helps to actively participate / interact with other bloggers and comment on topics that interest you. This creates a dialogue with other bloggers.

      In addition to blogging sites, there are other social media sites, such as meetup.com that allow people that share the same interest to meet in person and connect with others. Peace and love!

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  30. Thanks for the tips. I think I’m doing most of these most of the time — although I actually write REALLY long posts. Sometimes it just takes 1500 words to really get my point across. I need to work on that one. What length would you recommend?

    Crystal
    http://www.crystalspins.com

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    • Thank you for commenting on my blog post! I’m always so excited when someone takes time to read my blog.

      Instead of having a hard-and-fast-rule that posts must be under x amount of words, it’s more helpful to look at who your target audience is and what length they might be comfortable reading. For example, I blog primarily about social media marketing, and business writing in general is concise and to the point.

      However, perhaps the majority of your readers are English Literature students, for example, and are more apt to read larger amount of text that takes the scenic route before arriving at the crux of the message.

      A happy medium is to write posts that can be read in full or can be quickly scanned by using visual cues, such as bolding some of your text.

      Please let me know if you want any more recommendations. Best of luck with your blog!

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  31. Thanks so much for posting this, working on a group blog for a class and the advice is greatly appreciated!
    Danielle

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  32. A well written post and I agree with all the points you mentioned. I am happy to see, that I naturally follow most of points you mentioned while I write posts on my blog.

    I however miss out on #9 and will have to make sure I encourage commenting from now! Tweeted it. :)

    Keep the good stuff coming! :)

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  33. Hey, I am new to wordpress. what advice do you have for my site? Please leave a comment or two on something letting me know what you think. Thanks

    http://www.ccranmore.wordpress.com

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    • Thank you for reading my post. Great blog! You use a significant amount of visuals and are really diligent with tagging your posts. That’s wonderful!

      Flickr also offers a huge amount of images to borrow from. You just need to look into Flickr’s Creative Commons pool to make sure you’re using the images appropriately. For example, I always make sure that I give credit to the person who created on image on my post.

      You might want to consider adding more widgets to your blog to make it easier to share with others, such as a Tweet button, and bookmarking buttons (such as Stumble Upon, Reddit, and Digg).

      Best of luck!

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  34. I like how you made good use of italics and bold in this post too! All basic tips but they’re all very important.

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  35. Great ideas! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    Blessings,

    Ava
    xox

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  36. Posted by Steven Harris on November 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

    IS the internet the last refuge of personality? everywhere else in the world it seems we have to hide and suppress who and what we are in order to fit in with work/family/whatever.

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    • Well said!! For a little bit of comic relief in this area, I feel inspired to quote a post created from a previous reader named Michael LaBossiere at aphilosopher.wordpress.com.

      “#5 Made me think of Bill Cosby’s classic routine: Bill Cosby: I said to a guy, “Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful,” and he said, “Because it intensifies your personality.” I said, “Yes, but what if you’re an asshole?”

      Happy Blogging!

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  37. I’ve found that if I have something in common with additional bloggers (such as interest in same topic, multiple posts about similar items, etc), I’ll talk to them about setting up cross links in the “friends pages” or “colleagues pages”. I also find that making sure my posts are broadcast to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, Yahoo, etc also increase traffic to the site as well as helped me get in touch with what my readers are looking for.

    Thanks for the tips, I’ll be making sure to use/reference them.

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  39. Hi! I just found this from the WordPress “Freshly Pressed!” I love your blog. I think I AM your blog! http://princessdot.wordpress.com/

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  40. Love your blog….I have been working to get my site going and get people to subscribe to it. I will have to try some of these. Thank you! Hunter71 http://www.hcrproducts.com

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  41. Thanks for the tips.

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  42. Posted by deadwednesdays on November 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I looove articles that teach me how to be a better blogger. I am glad to see I already use some of these techniques. Maybe not so much bold… but I try to reply to comments as soon as I can, and I am learning to post often.

    I should listen to your number 4. I could use more bullet points… I will definately listen to this. :) Thank you!!

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  43. I’m not a twitter fan, so I have rarely used that to promote my blog – but facebook works well because you can actually link it to a status and post snippets of the blog entry to entice readers :)
    Plus, people find it easier to comment on the post on facebook instead of commenting on the blog entry itself…

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  44. I think I can follow most of these, but #6 will be most difficult for me because I am sometimes long-winded (when I speak and when I write). I like the idea of breaking up my posts into parts. I also have a lot to learn on #15. It’s a little overwhelming! But good stuff! It’s great to get these tips as a new blogger. I guess time will tell whether or not what I post is considered worthy to read. My stuffs a little all over the place. But as I continue to post, I’m sure I’ll figure out a good flow for my blog. Thanks for the pointers!

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    • Thank you! What is considered short is often determined by who is reading your posts. For example, I write primarily about social media marketing and effective business communication, in general, is defined by being concise and to the point. However, it’s possible that your readers might be more apt to read a longer post; therefore, what is considered ‘short’ depends primarily on your target audience.

      In advertising, for example, I’ve noticed ads about a ‘healthy’ product tends to have more text then say an ad for Gucci perfume. People interested in a product to improve their health may favour an add with more text than those that are buying into a brand, such as a perfume.

      Peace & love!

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  45. Posted by sayitinasong on November 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I agree with point number 6- personally if I see a blog post the length of a short story (unless it of course is a short story site!) I am so much more likely to click “back” on my browser. Unless if has a killer headline that catches my attention. These are great to use as a rule of thumb, especially to all new bloggers!

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    • Thank you for your feedback! Yes, definitely the term ‘short’ will translate differently, in terms of degree, depending on the nature of the blog. Warm wishes to you!

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  47. thanks a lot for the suggestions. my toughest challenge is giving the post an interesting title :)

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    • Thank you for responding to my post. Some people look at magazines to help them come up with headlines, but because your blog is about poetry this approach is probably not appropriate / to generic / restrictive.

      Maybe brainstorming can help you come up with some headlines. This is basic and intuitive, but is often quite effective and sometimes overlooked.

      Good luck with your blog!

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  49. Fabulous list of suggestions.. I have a really hard time with #6 though! ;^)

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    • You’re not alone. This has been a challenge for other bloggers. You have such stunning images on your blog. The images act as a way to break up chunks of text. That’s really effective. Also, what is considered as ‘short’ often varies depending on the nature of someone’s blog. For example, effective business blogs tend to be much shorter than, say, blogs that are aimed at creative writers.

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  50. Leave comments on ‘Freshly Pressed’ posts, surely? :)

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  51. A lot of great tips, Laura-Lee! Thank you for putting this list together. I especially like the point about making the blog short. :-)

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  52. Great tips.
    I’m trying to get my blog to get more readers this should help :D

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  54. I have had good success with people accessing.. however, very few comments despite encouragement and have had little activity as far as adding emails to subscribe. The feedback via Twitter/FB have been positive and there is a lot of forwarding, however, nobody actually subsribes. I have even offered a financial incentive. Thoughts?

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  55. Posted by theonlyquestion on November 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I don’t have a clue as to what half these terms mean, much less how to do them. They seem like great, if hard to grasp, suggestions, though. Thanks.

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  56. Posted by superslayer on November 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I like blogging it is really fun the title is the right title because everyone should be blogging

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  57. Thanks for the tips!! We need em!

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    • Wonderful! Thank your for you post. The title of your blog reminds be of my #10 suggestion: “Be bold. This might take the form of being outrageous or controversial”. Best of luck! :0)

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  58. Hello, how are you?
    I used his text in my blog … And did your references … Congratulations! The text is excellent! Thank you for sharing this tip I will share with other people.
    I thank you, California Barbie.

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    • Thank you! My pleasure.

      Your blog brings up an excellent idea – include a language translator on your blog posts. I’ve learned something new from your blog – thank you! Best of luck!

      :0)

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  61. Something I aspire to keep, an interesting blog at Lifencompass | The Journey. :)

    I have to say that I actually practice most of these blogging practices but I find it hard to get comments or entice my regular readers to respond. When the blog posts to Facebook, or Twitter, for example, I get “likes” and some commentary but on the blog itself…. cricket city. A quiet fan / reader base.

    Clicks are up to the 800-900 click throughs a month, I almost reached my target goal of 100. I’m doing something but I still would like to do something more.

    Any suggestions?

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    • Thank you for your interest in my article!

      I’ve also found it helpful to visit other people’s blog, especially those that share the same interests as me and comment / ask questions. This opens up a dialogue with your reader, helps you learn more about your area of interest, and encourages the blogger to read your blog and share it with others. I hope that helps!

      Peace and Love!

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  62. Hello! I love this list of Best Practices for Blogging. Yet how about adding tips for cultivating followers and reaching out to engagement? For example, research like minded communities and keywords in both the blog world and on Twitter.

    Follow their blog links, and see where you go! Research Carefully, Comment and Engage would be my advice for Engagement Best Practices — using all your great tips in the blog comments you leave as well as step 15 above. — Happy Best Blogging -

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  63. my blog is linked from my twitter, that usually works, and i do like pictures :)
    cool post :)

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  64. Thank you for the tips!

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  65. Great list. I’ve been blogging for about 10 months now, and I still consider myself a newbie. Your list has some helpful advice — probably could’ve used it months ago! Thanks for posting this.

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  66. Good advice! Believe it or not, I never used tags . . . until today! I’ve been blogging daily since June but never understood the purpose of tags. Now I know . . .

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  67. I’ve promoted my blog on a few conservative sites. It does get me some hits. I still only get a meager amount of hits, but it’s plenty for me.

    I also get a fair amount from web searches. Tags do work.

    My one fault is verbosity… but sometimes I just cannot be succinct.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my post! I think what’s considered ‘short’ depends on who’s reading your blog and the nature of your blog, just like the art of writing an essay differs from writing an effective business document – the target audiences are different and sometimes readers enjoy taking more of a scenic route.

      Best wishes,

      Laura

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  68. hmmm… i still got lot to do to make it perfect =3

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  70. This is something I’ve been curious about for a long time — how do people get thousands and thousands and thousands of people attached to their blogs? I have looked at a number of them, and some are really not very good — poorly written, vitriolic, dull, prosaic.

    Also, with Digg and Stumbeupon and so on, is it enough to post a link to one’s blog, or does one need to fully join the community and chatter away? Adding this to Facebook and Twitter and other social media, this absorbs time that could be spent writing.

    Nice list, well written.

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  71. This is very helpful: succinct and practical: thanks!

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  72. Very true – I struggle to keep it succinct, but I find that it’s worth editing down. It ends up making my post better, and certainly more readable.

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    • Thank you for dropping by!

      I’ve read several of your blog posts and they are quite readable. Great use of images to break up your text! Loved your tagline: the enjoyment of a life filled with neuroses. I’m certain many people can relate.

      Happy blogging,

      Laura

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  73. Very good tips. It is going to improve my blog strategies. Thanks

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  75. I,m new at blogging and this was very helpful.

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  76. Thank you for the helps. I never know if what I blog about is worth the ‘paper’ its written on. I’m glad to see that shorter is better. I also heard that commenting on other folks’ blogs helps bring readers your way!

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  77. I enjoyed this. It was fun how you incorporated your tips into your own blog post. Thank you for all of the ideas!

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  79. I’ve written for a couple of blogs before I started my own blog and I have to admit that everything said above is right. Most of these rules I already use when posting my blogs. And to be fair, I can see developement in the views over the last few weeks.

    Just one point I do not agree with. Keeping blogs shorts. Just make them easy to read, fluent and fun. Then people read it anyway.

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    • Thank you for your feedback! Although I believe that a good rule of thumb is to write short articles, the main issue is about readability so agree with your comment. People can use techniques such as bullets, bold font, headings, etc. to improve readability. Happy blogging!

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  80. what would hapen if i wanted to people check out a new website that i just found on the net>? its http://www.mycoloonline.com

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  81. That’s right. Thank’s for the tips!

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  82. Hi Laura-Lee,
    I think that I have been practising your tips on better blogging, but it’s always good to re-assess the standard of work that we do.
    For my more casual and brief articles, I am more than satisfied with my writing. However for the more in-depth and technical articles, for example informing readers about the detaield guidelines for a professional registration in another country… then it’s not so easy to be concise and witty.
    I do agree that Tags are a great tool for hepinng readers find appropriate content, at least when they are used proerly.
    Well I will certainly put your tips to use on my own blog.

    Thanks again for posting this info.
    Kevin.

    PS: If you have the interest or inclination to peruse my blog, then let me know if you see anything on it that could be tweaked.
    http://www.techieibrazil.com “Engineering and Development in Brazil”

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    • Thank you for your feedback. Certainly the nature of a blog may effect which best practices are most relevant to your blog. Great point!

      Fantastic blog! I recommend including your picture or a short video introducing yourself in your “About the author” section. This adds a personal touch to your blog and helps your readers connect more with you and your blog.

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  83. Posted by Pablito on November 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What an inspiring post.

    Thank you for the great tips, they are indeed very helpful.

    Cheers.

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  84. Good advice. Thanks.

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  85. Also doesn’t hurt to be featured on freshly pressed too. ;)

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  86. I’ll take note. Thanks for the insight – I’m new to this.

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  88. Great list of suggestions. However, I do agree with trashbird1240 – an unfinished ending can kill a post. Use rarely and with caution. Best, qazse

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  89. Posted by Sunflowerdiva on November 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Excellent tips!

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  90. Great suggestions. So how do I post my blog to Stumble Upon?

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  91. [...] snap. I don’t mean to offend what so ever, but I completely disagree with point number six of a recent fresh press. Make blogs short, otherwise your reader might take one look at your post and bolt. If you choose to [...]

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  92. Great tips. I may share some link love and insert a link to your post on my blog.

    mediamahout.wordpress.com

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  93. Well I just went through this post & i think I’m the one who was in actual need of these tips. I’ve just started blogging :D
    This has been a pretty good help to me. I shall atleast remember a few of these which would help me be a better blogger ^_^

    Thanks buddy !

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  94. Posted by antsrants on November 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve tried begging, but it hasn’t helped garner more readership.

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  95. I am always willing to learn more than I think I already know! Thanks for the list.

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  96. Thanks, thanks! This is a great post. I appreciate #12 as I love to read comments back to what I’ve commented on other blogs. It’s fun to make blog friends.

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  97. Posted by jaswrites on November 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Excellent insight! Being a realitively new Blogger, this should certainly help me!
    Thank you very much.

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  98. Posted by theerotomaniac on November 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    wow. i sure have a lot to learn in blogging again, thanks for the tips :)

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  99. You have said it all. Thanks for such a splendid article/post. To some of us, it is easier read than practiced.

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  100. Thanks for the tips. :)

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  101. Great tips.

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  102. [...] I liked this thread from another WordPress blog that you may like to read if you are thinking of starting your own blog… click here [...]

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  103. Great post! Thanks!

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  104. Posted by marlowesnymph on November 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Great advice. Thanks!

    marlowesnymph.wordpress.com

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  105. Posted by meerachandra on November 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    A nice post. Liked it. I’m a new blogger and think this will help me a lot. Here is my profile. :)
    http:/meerachandra.wordpress.com/

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  106. [...] Enough rambling. I’ll leave you all with a link. If you’re a WordPress blogger, you’ve probably seen this by now. It’s one of the top posts or whatever WordPress calls them. Anyways, this is mostly to bookmark it for myself, but if you want some blogging advice, check out this article! Top 15 Blogging Best Practices [...]

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  107. Posted by michael1938 on November 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t have the time anymore to blab blog. I lost that luxury. Anyway, Successful blogging is about contributory content. Give people what they need, not so much what they want…a new angle…something with a twist…spark controversy. Let it hang out!

    http://www.hydrogen-conversion.net/

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  108. What isn’t seen can’t be sold is what I have to say!

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  109. good tips thank u thank u!!

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  110. Excellent tips! I’m excited to get started!

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  111. excellent u r really great..thank you ..laxman rao iiit basar

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  112. these are great! i’m trafficking my blog through facebook, facebook page, various blogger communities, and twitter. i also comment on other blogs and develop relationships with my readers in that way.

    i post fairly frequently. i have a post every friday just short random blips of my thoughts.

    congrats on freshly pressed!

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  113. I like top-something lists! Maybe I’ll write one in the future :-)

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  114. great tips… will try implementing this.

    http://bubblecube.wordpress.com

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  115. You are definitely right about the controversial posts/titles gaining the most readers. You need to be ready for whatever comments come your way, though!

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    • Thank you for your feedback. True, you need to be prepared for some backlash. Stirring the pot doesn’t always make you the most loved kid on the block, but you may just be the most memorable. Most importantly, you help create a dialogue around important topics.

      I read some of your blog. Northern Uganda is so, so beautiful! I would love to travel there one day!

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  116. Grammar is a huge deal. Spelling is not as big of a concern since virtually every text editor has a spell check. Let me put it this way. I don’t speak like I topped out at a 4th grade education, so why shouldn’t my writing reflect that? I expect the same standard as a reader. I don’t want to guess where the comma was meant to be. Moral of the story: Read your own posts.

    GuideToSociety.com.

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  117. Great points, thanks for sharing! I have found that controversial posts DO get a lot of attention which makes for fun!

    evelyngarone.com

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  119. I like this article. I just started blogging and I like it because it lets me learn about people. I like it more when people can see what I do and feel inspired. Taking knowledge from others is how we move through life as people.

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  120. Excellent post. Thanks! I’m working on my favicon like an iphon’s icon. Anyone can help me?

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  121. I do agree to post frequently as it will increase the freshness of the article when come to blogging.

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    • Thank you for your comment! I think most of us have probably come across a blog / website that hasn’t been updated in awhile and it feels like you’re knocking on their door and nobody’s home. The plants haven’t been watered, the dog is starving. It’s not a pretty sight / site.

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  122. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    Since I am a products promotion blogger, blogging everyday decreases the views for the products I am promoting. If I post two posts on the same day, or post a second post the day after, the more recent post receives more views, thus usurping the first post. Thus, I try to keep at least two to three days between postings.

    However, you have provided some great tips which I have already put into practice. The tips I found to be most useful were #4, #10, and #13. Thank you!

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you were able to take something away from my article. I agree that the extent to which the best practices are used will in some cases depend on the content or nature of the blog. Great point!

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  123. Posted by arcypanjin on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I agree with the stylistic conventions which are true for any piece of writing. But as many commentators have added, the purpose of your blog determines a lot more, how it’s written. If you are trying to emulate a mass media outlet, your layout, style and subject will be very different from a personal diary or an experimental site on random thoughts. I always wonder why many people are so keen on keeping/cultivating “their” crowd of readers instead of finding subjects, first of all, that interest them. My own browsing history does not really sustain a dedication to any particular blog but a rather random attachment to the medium itself. Subjects matter more than audiences in the writing process.

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    • Thank you for contributing to this post. You make some very good points. If I’m writing a personal diary and don’t want people to see my posts then I could set my blog to private and customize what I write based solely on what I alone want to see.

      If I’m writing about a subject that I’m really passionate about and am in a position to help others learn from my experiences / knowledge then blogging best practices become very relevant.

      Best wishes!

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  124. thanks for the post. I’ll keep this in mind.

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    • Thanks for reading my post.

      I read some of your posts. Watching fencing is definitely an original date idea. I just need to find out if there is that type of a venue in Vancouver.

      Best of luck!

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  125. I tried the provocation strategy by poking fun at Al-Qaeda in my last blog: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/diy-terror/
    Hopefully, that didn’t overdo it…

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog. When it comes to being bold / provocative, at the end of the day I need to be comfortable putting my name on the post and be prepared to get some degree of less than savoury comments.

      For example, I would not put my name on something that encourages hate crimes, is racist or shows a lack of respect for people’s cultures such as their religion.

      As an appendage to this discussion: I allow people’s voices that disagree with me to be heard. This makes me a more credible blogger.

      Best wishes!

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  126. I’m working on keeping my blog interesting, thanks for the help! It is obviously doing you a lot of good, so you’re a great person to look to for help! Thanks again!!!

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  127. [...] so I am really trying to continue to contribute to the blog. Seeing this article made me remember I must post again before the weekend as promised in my last blog! Although time [...]

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  128. Great tips…

    will try to implement these… Do think these tips are a must have for Tech news blogs??

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    • Thank you for reading my post!

      I’ve read some of your blog entries and it looks like you’re already using the blogging best practices quite extensively. That’s wonderful!

      There are times when the extent that the best practices are applied depends to some degree on the subject / nature of the blog. For example, perhaps being bold / controversial might play a lesser role in your field than the other best practices such as the ones highlighting the importance of readability.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best of luck!

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  129. Nice ideas..visit my blog too. it’s got articles…on priyaseht.wordpress.com
    want some ideas to increase readers . however i dont want to be a part of networking sites.
    Also, i have a wiki which is cooltechnology.wetpaint.com
    check them out.
    thanks

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    • Thank you for expressing interest in my article!

      It’s wonderful how you are using visuals in your posts. I would suggest though that you consider using bullets, italics and bold font, as well as adding space between paragraphs to improve the readability of your longer posts.

      I hope that helps. Warm wishes!

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  130. Posted by NK on November 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

    What a great post to see when checking “Freshly Pressed” this morning. I’ve tried blogging before, to no avail. Of course that’s partly because I was afraid to publicize. I now have two blogs and am getting better about putting them out there. I noticed that I’m doing much of what you suggest; I’m happy to see some things I should work on. What are StumbledUpon and Digg? Gotta look into those. Thanks!

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  131. I only just started blogging, so this is pretty interesting for me. I think I’m ok on most so far, but would you mind taking a look for yourself? http://cuadie.wordpress.com/ . It’s only 4 articles so far, but it also has only been up for 4 days :).

    greets,
    cuadie

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    • Hi Cuadie,

      Overall, I think the layout and components of your blog is excellent. You use visuals and bullets effectively. The length of your posts and frequency is fantastic. You give your reader ample ways of sharing your posts.

      I would try to make your headlines more prominent by using bold font, a larger font and/or a different colour and work on creating more interesting headlines to draw your readers in.

      I love the cat photo in your about section (a lot), but I would suggest using a photo of yourself or creating a mini video introducing who you are and what your blog is about. This increases the chance of developing a rapport with your audience.

      I hope that helps. Good luck and happy blogging!

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  133. Posted by likeadeist on November 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    If there’s any ‘like’ button, i will push it twice :)

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  134. Thank you for your blog post, it was enlightening. I have a few questions if you don’t mind. Where does one get pictures for blogs that are relevant to what one writes about, or are any pictures ok. I like the idea of leaving them with a question. I think that is brilliant and I am going to start doing that with my blog. I just started blogging which is another reason I appreciate your post. Thank you for your time.

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    • Thank you for your kind words!! I get the bulk of my photos from Flickr. It’s a good idea to read the Creative Commons section of the site to learn how to use the photos. I credit the ‘owner’ of the image every time I use a photo.

      Congratulations on entering the blogosphere. Let me know if you have any more questions. Best of luck!

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  135. Posted by Dinesh John on November 3, 2010 at 6:21 am

    A great, to the point write up, Thanks for the share! :)

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  136. Good tips, I just wish I had the time to post more often.

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    • Thanks! You may find it helpful to write a handful of posts when you have the time and use them when you don’t have time to post and/or decrease the length of your posts. I hope that helps! Cheers.

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  137. I really enjoyed reading it. Short, sweet and to the point. Th pic at the top shows me an my chief Sandra :D

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  138. Posted by evesreflections on November 3, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Great tips! Thanks

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  139. thank you very much for the information, i’ve just started up a blog so this really helps

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  140. Great tips! I’m blogging to promote my current and future books.
    http://www.BlissBellyKitchen.wordpress.com

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  141. Thanks for the extremely helpful post…just wondering myself how to get my blog out there and what steps I can take to gain more readers. Curious about Delicious and StumbleUpon…will check those out today. Thanks!

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you found my post helpful! In addition to what’s mentioned in the post, you can engage other bloggers, especially those in your field of interest by commenting on their posts and trying to help them in some way.

      I was recently posted on Freshly Pressed which brought in a lot of traffic. I wanted to find out why I was posted so that my readers have a better chance of being featured so I created this post. Best of luck!

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  142. Posted by Patricia on November 3, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Fresh content is probably the biggest drew for me. The second would probably be humor. A lot of blogs I read are for recreation and entertainment. Updating several times a week will keep me coming back to check for more stuff to read. Not updating will make me leave a blog or long periods of inactivity without an explanation will make me think the author has abandoned the project.

    http://lackingsense.wordpress.com

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  143. Read other blogs, and participate in their comments/conversations.

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  144. I certainly have to work on the wordiness of my posts, I suppose. I blame it on my lengthy history of high school professors who graded based on quantity, not quality. Frequent updates is another important one, though I tend to get hypocritical about it – I get frustrated when there are no new posts on my favorite blogs, but my blog remains just as neglected thanks to the stresses and obligations of college. I’m making an effort to change that, though, I promise.

    Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely keeping these in mind.

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    • Thank you for your interest in my article. I think lengthy posts, in some cases are fine as long as you make an effort to improve its readability by using bullets, bold font, etc.

      I also find frequently posting a challenge. Some people find it helpful to create numerous posts when they have time, and use them for days they don’t have time. Decreasing the length of your posts would also help.

      Best of luck!

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  145. Great advice! I consciously try to work on #14 making post frequently. It does get difficult at times yet its important to keep the readers you DO have engaged. I like #5 let your personality come through. Often the ideas I get for my posts relate to something that happened recently and I try to draw on the bigger picture. Congrats on Freshly Pressed! LB

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    • Thank you for your input! I also find posting frequently a challenge. I have advised other readers to consider creating a bunch of posts when you have time and distributing them when you don’t have time to write new blogs. Consider decreasing the length of your posts as well. Cheers!

      Thank you for congratulating my on being Freshly Pressed. After I was featured on Freshly Pressed, I wanted to give my readers pointers on how they might get featured and wrote this article.

      Happy blogging!

      :0)

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  146. Posted by razzlemonster on November 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for the blog… I’m new to blogging & am still to figure out what blogging means to me. Your post helped me identify key elements that I need to implement.

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  147. [...] Laura Lee Walker’s 15 Blogging Best Practices. [...]

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  148. [...] was reading this blog: http://lauraleewalker.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/top-15-blogging-best-practices-2/ and the author gives number three of the best blogging practices: “Include links.” We [...]

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  149. [...] second one of note can be found at Adventures in Technology and gives a short list of tips on what makes for a good blog post. It’s important to consider [...]

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  150. [...] 5, 2010 by Erica Johnson In case you missed it on Freshly Pressed earlier this week, these Top 15 Blogging Best Practices are fantastic tips to blog by. Why Aren’t You Blogging? Originally uploaded by Mike Licht, [...]

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  151. Great post. Thank you for the tips. Will start putting them into practice.

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  152. [...] Tips on how to make my blog better. I’m taking note (and probably forgetting it later). Why Aren't You Blogging? Originally uploaded by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com How can you become a better blogger? 1. Use a catchy title. Make the title unique, consider using questions and lists. 2. Use interesting visuals. Include an image or video in your blog. This will get people's attention and help them better understand the content of your blog. 3. Include links. Links add depth and credibility to your articles and allow you to show a li … Read More [...]

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  153. Keeping it short is sometimes hard ;)

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    • I agree that keeping a post short is sometimes hard. I think the emphasis with the advice on keeping it short relates to readability. If you see the benefit in creating longer posts, using bullets, bold font, etc. with help with readability. Good luck!

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  156. common sense and straight forward tips.

    thanks for the insight

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  157. [...] Top 15 Blogging Best Practices [...]

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  158. thanks for these helpful blogging tips. i’m following most of them but doesn’t get the time to blog. hope i coming time i will remove this error from me in coming time.

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    • Thank you for reading my post. Creating several articles when you have the time and then using those articles when you don’t have the time might help. Keeping the article short helps too! Good luck and happy blogging.

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  159. I am thinking why this post got so many comments! 222 comments – oh my God

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  160. Thank you. I found this helpful.

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  161. Do all my nutritious food lists count?

    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/most-nutritious-foods-lists.php

    *checks #15 off the list*

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    • You definitely have experience with using Top x lists! Just a quick tip, usually the convention when writing a number, especially one that is 10 or over it is written “10” instead of “ten”.

      Good luck with your blog! I enjoyed the read.

      :0)

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  163. Fantastic post and very helpful!

    Cheers!

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  164. Posted by Gayman on November 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Although I’m gay, I found your post very inspiring which suggests that your blog is suitable for ladies and I will suggest all my lady-friends that they come and visit your blog!

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  167. How do you get the facebook, stumbleupon, tweet etc things to collaborate with your blogs??

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    • One way is to go to My Blog – Dashboard – Settings – Sharing and choose which services you want to appear on your blog. I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have anymore questions. Best wishes!

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  168. thanks for sharing its a pleasure to learn.

    vincent

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  169. Nice list. Simple, to the point, and effective. My favourite combination.

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    • Thank you!

      I enjoyed reading your blog posts. The topics definitely interest me. I subscribed to your blog and I’m looking forward to reading future posts. Happy blogging!

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  170. All good tips! I never realized the importance of images in a blog post until i started actually using them! It’s truly amazing what such a small inclusion can make in your readership. Oh, and not forcing user registration on blogs, too. People HATE that! =)

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  171. Thanks for the great advice.
    But, how long should a blog post be? I read somewhere that it should be at least 300 words – that search sites find the post more effectively. That seems a little long for me. What do you think?
    Many Thanks.

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    • Thanks for your reading my post. How short an article should be sometimes depends on the nature of the blog. For example, what is considered short for a blog that targets English Literature students might be longer than one that targets business professionals.

      Instead of focusing exclusively on the ideal number of words for your blog, I would also consider readability. You can use bullets, images, bold font, etc. to improve a post’s readability.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Best of luck.

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  172. Awesome tips,thank you .

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  173. Nice list, I like the catchy title one, I always thought it was better to make the title match the content as much as possible, sacrificing catchyness for the sake of keywords.

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    • Thank you for your comment. A catchy title will provide a better chance that your post will be read, but ideally the title can be both catchy and include keywords. If the catchy title does not live up to its name, readers will bail. Best wishes!

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  174. Wow! I have never thought about using Craigslist to promote my blog. I’m going to check that out now. Thanks for the new idea!

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  177. I’m teaching a high school computer applications class and am having all my students start a blog. I am planning to your tips in a lesson tomorrow, both for the tips themselves and to show my kids the power of the conversation-through-comments in blogging. Thanks for your good work!
    -s

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    • Thank you for your interest in my post and for using it in your lesson! That’s wonderful that you are teaching your students about starting a blog. It can be tremendously rewarding! Best of luck!

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  178. LauraLee – Thanks for the excellent post. I have added a link from my website to your blog post and will be sharing it with my blogging clients and friends.

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  179. Good topic! This is really interesting, thank’s for sharing??!!

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  181. Nice tips.

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  182. I like the way you wrote these tips, simple and straight to the point. I think, blogging is all about your passion to share something wonderful, inspiring, funny, controversial, intriguing or educational — to the world wide web and expecting only the good things that will come out of it. Thanks!

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    • Posted by Laura-Lee on November 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

      Thank you for your feedback. You’ve described what blogging has the potential to be beautifully. When someone is passionate about something it really comes across in their writing. This increases the chance that people will be inspired to read your posts and learn from what you are sharing. Best wishes!

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  183. [...] Why Aren't You Blogging? Originally uploaded by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com How can you become a better blogger? 1. Use a catchy title. Make the title unique, consider using questions and lists. 2. Use interesting visuals. Include an image or video in your blog. This will get people's attention and help them better understand the content of your blog. 3. Include links. Links add depth and credibility to your articles and allow you to show a li … Read More [...]

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  184. Why Aren’t You Blogging? A good question, but after maintaining a constant schedule of a weekly business article every week for 35 weeks at http://uniqueinsights.com.au plus publishing a further 10 articles during the same period at http://www.suite101.com/writer_articles.cfm/danielwatson I found very little reward for the time commitment and intellectual imput.

    I also found that I had a very wide audience from all corners of the globe, but rarely received any comments or feedback from my own market here in Melbourne Australia.

    From time to time I got comments from people saying that they found my articles informative and very useful in a business context, but that alone is not enough to perservere with the level of commitment required to produce the type of content I was attempting to impart on a regular basis.

    Your tips are great though, especially the one re using social media to promote each new blog.

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    • Thank you for your comments. You’ve really compiled an impressive amount of information – congrats! I think you’ve brought up some important points about the difficulty of targeting an audience within a specific geographical area. Using localized keywords in your posts helps.

      Of course, there are many benefits to blogging. For some it’s their passion and it’s the process that’s really important. Some blog to promote their business and issues of engagement are key. Others blog because they feel they are helping people. Another really important function a blog can serve for some, is that it acts as a resume, an ode to your body of knowledge within your profession. In this case, even it blog traffic is not where you want it to be right now, blogging has been very beneficial.

      In terms of increasing traffic to your blog, it might also help to engage other bloggers or people on forums that you wish to reach. I hope that using social media to promote your blog will help. Warm wishes and best of luck to you!

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  185. Hi!

    You certainly live as you learn =)

    I’m really impressed about the time and effort you’ve put in to the replies. No standard phrases and almost always a kind remark about the commenter’s design or the tip given.

    Really good work, you deserve the attention!

    /Andreas

    ps. The article itself was, of course, excellent.

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  186. [...] Why Aren't You Blogging? Originally uploaded by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com How can you become a better blogger? 1. Use a catchy title. Make the title unique, consider using questions and lists. 2. Use interesting visuals. Include an image or video in your blog. This will get people's attention and help them better understand the content of your blog. 3. Include links. Links add depth and credibility to your articles and allow you to show a li … Read More [...]

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  187. Some great points that I hadn’t thought of! I especially agree about not making blog posts too long, something that instantly puts me off reading certain articles.

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  188. very helpful! thanks!

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  189. Estou inicando o meu blog e este artigo foi muito útil.
    Obrigado

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  190. really nice sharing …. sharing are really useful and helpful information on this site ….

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  191. Posted by spidergirlxD on December 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Thnx for the blogging tips, they help a LOT. Also, I’m glad (and astonished) that you’ve actually followed all of the tips throughout this post, because that makes you AWESOME. It really irritates me when people give you advice which they don’t follow, or they tell you not to do something and then they go and do it… in short, I hate hypocrites.
    This could turn into a rant, so I’m going to stop now. Thnx again, and have a nice evening (or afternoon or day or whatever other time you’re reading this). xD

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  192. Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! I have a technology(in category) blog. It pretty much covers related stuff.

    Come and check it out if you get time :-)

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  193. I’ll definitely try these tips. I get a fair bit of traffic but no comments or followers. My blog hasn’t been public for too long, but it is frustrating to see all these people pass by in my stats and not even bother to comment :(
    Any ideas on how long a blog with decent content is around before people start to follow/comment?? I’d appreciate some feedback or tips from anyone! :)

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    • Thank you for dropping by. I usually ask questions at the end of my posts to encourage comments / a dialogue with my readers. In addition, I found this article helpful in addressing the issue. The article asserts that “only 1 out of every 100 readers comment on your blog”.

      Of course, this doesn’t mean people are not greatly benefiting from reading your blog, it’s just that most will be content to soak up your pearls of wisdom and quietly exit your site. Best of luck and happy blogging!

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  195. Posted by Jen on April 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the info. I am using your blog for my Marketing MBA class. and I have a few questions for you…

    Is this your idea of best practices for blogging or did you get these ideas from another source?

    How would you rate the 15 in order of importance?

    One thing you did not mention that I would add is be sure the date is on your blog entry. I have read a ton of blogs for this project and that I think is my biggest complaint about blogs. Some companies and people do not include a date.

    I would also add, make sure there is an about section. If you are an expert in some field include that info it helps with the credibility as well.

    Thanks for the information. I will be sure to site your entry in my project!

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    • Hi Jen, thanks for visiting and adding value to my post. Yes, the ideas are my own and #15 is one of, if not the most important best practice. Lately, I have received additional traffic by scheduling my Twitter posts on su.pr and submitting articles targeted to small business owners on Bizsugar.com. From my experience the vast majority of blogs have dates, but I have run across some that don’t and I questioned how current the posts were. I’m honoured that you are referencing my post in your class. Good luck with your project.

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  196. Very good tips. It is going to improve my blog strategies.

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