Things you should know if you are a Blogger


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Blogging is a hot industry these days and very profitable as well. If you work with full devotion and wisely, in a few months your blog will start providing you extra money each month. But with all these points, it’s very important that a blogger must know the things which can be risky for the career of the blog he/she is working on. Also, they should also know the things which can be very useful for increasing the traffic of the blog.

Write about “Most Read Topics”

A good blogger should always keep attention on the current top stories, events, creations, and the things the users search on the web most. Try Google AdWords Tool to find out what topics/keywords are being searched mostly by internet users. Follow the popular blogs in the same category as yours and see what they are writing about. Obviously don’t copy the content but take an idea of how to attract users and which topics are most readable by readers.

Guest posting

Another great option for getting new and quality traffic for your blog. Guest writing offers you many benefits including these,

– Do you want more traffic and especially new users for your blog?

– Do you want permanent backlinks for your blog?

– Do you want to be socially recognized on a bigger level?

– Do you want to earn some extra cash?

If you want all these things then you must think about guest post writing. There are many popular blogs that invite you to write guest postings. If you are capable of writing quality content to get the benefits given above or if you want to be hired and noticed by more people then take your seat and think about what you are going to write :) There are many blogs that pay you on writing a post for them. So if you can write a such post and if your post will be selected on such blogs then you will get all the benefits mentioned above.

Social sharing and Link submitting


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Your blog should have social bookmarks but don’t fill your blog with a lot of icons everywhere. Just place it where properly. May be on the left sidebar or below the title. How much your postings will be spread over social networks, will depend on your blog’s followers, readers, and subscribers. But with all these, you should create a list of major websites or blogs which offer you to submit news. This way your newly published content will be in the search in a few days. At least you will get good visitors. Some of the major social websites play an important role in your blogging.

– Facebook

– Twitter

– LinkedIn

– Digg

– Reddit

– Stumbleupon

– DZone

– Design Float

– Technorati

– DesignFloat

– Delicious

The above are major platforms that play an amazing role in increasing traffic to a blog and to new content. However this is not the end, you should also add other blogs which offer you a news section in which you can post your news. In fact, this is a not few minutes’ jobs to submit content to such places. This can take you to few hours. It also depends on how smartly you submit content. There are many websites that offer you to submit your news to different major websites in one click. I use ping. FM offers you to submit content on many popular social networking websites in a single click. There are many more like this service.

Now after submitting content to such websites you can put the URL of the new article to your Facebook, Twitter, Gtalk, and Skype status. This will drive good traffic which depends on your social circle over these platforms. You can also put that URL into your email signatures. So, this depends on a few very important things,

– Is the topic of content attractive or do users want to read most?

– Is it well written?

– Have you used social networking websites?

So after you have all these 3 points, you are 100% sure your content will be read more, mentioned more, and liked more.

Don’t use a bundle of plugins

This is related to speeding up your blog and decreasing the bounce rate of a blog. Have you noticed what is the bounce rate of your blog in Google Analytics? Bounce Rate means that a visitor did not find the page they landed on relevant to what they are looking for. You should check that often. A high bounce rate is obviously not a good thing for a blog.  And there are many ways to stop visitors from leaving your blog. This is another topic and we will write about it in the next post.

If your blog has many plugins then there are chances your blog will be much slower. Visitors like fast loading speed. If your blog loading speed is very slow then users will not spend time on this or will come back even if the content were good in quality. My opinion is, you should only use the limited number of plugins that you need most. These plugins can be security plugins, cache plugins, comments plugins, social bookmarks, and SEO plugins. Using fewer plugins will make your blog faster in loading. In fact, there are many benefits to your blog if you use only the required and best plugins.

Don’t use Copyrighted data, images, or videos


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This is a very important thing in blogging and people who don’t follow this rule will be at a great loss. Copyrighted means someone created something and don’t want to allow others to use this anywhere else. However, there is some copyrights license on the internet that makes content owners safe from content copying as well as give permission to others to use this without putting themselves in legal and ethical failures. If you are copying someone’s work and naming it yours then soon people will feel your blog is of no use. They will not visit it again and even if you will turn yourself into a good blogger, trust can’t be gained if lost.

For blogs, we always need images, videos, reference help content, etc and that is an easy way to achieve all these things without putting yourself in trouble. If you want to use images, and icons in your work then check the license of the image you are going to use. There are many copyrights licenses but the Creative Commons license is less restrictive. In this license, you need to credit the original author of the media, but that is just in one particular type of this license. You should read about this on its website to clearly understand what it offers. You should always read the license with the media before using them in your work. A blog that is doing a violation of copyright rules will be no more blog and people will not feel safe working with them if you are a web developer, no one will come to you and hire you.

 End of Story

In fact, there are countless ways to improve our blogging which we learn with time. I tried to cover only a few of the points in this post and we will keep posting such important things to make your blogging the best. Thanks for reading.

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