Kyle Lacy wrote a fun post this morning in which he too Ben Barden’s post about the 10 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging and added his own creating a list of Top 20. Then he challenged us to add to it.
So Kyle, I took your 20 and raised you ten
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.
Things I have learned from blogging:
- 1. Spell check helps
- 2. Share content freely – put thoughtful comments on other blogs and the writers will come see you as well
- 3. While you can focus on a niche, add variety to your blog with other voices, and occasional odd topics.
- 4. Let your personality come through – even if it is a business blog
- 5. Short is better then long
- 6. Write when you are inspired, and then schedule posts out a few days.
- 7. Check your stats but don’t obsess over them.
- 8. Read, Read, and Read
- 9. Share your favorite resources often
- 10. Stop when you run out of things to say
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