With today’s technological age, blogging has become an important part of anyone’s digital presence online. Many people have blogs and if you don’t have one, you could be left in the dust. To understand blogging, you have to know every aspect of it. If this is your desire, then keep on reading.
Use tags correctly. Tags let you categorize your posts into different categories, which can then be searched by readers. Each of your posts should have two or three tags. Make sure you use the same words for similar posts (don’t have a “bikes” and “biking” tag, for example), and don’t give posts too many tags, as this tends to clutter up categories.
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.
Since blogging is on a personal level you should avoid writing formally. You should still write in a professional manner and use proper grammar. Your readers will be able to relate to you more when you are writing to them in a casual way and will continue reading your blogs.
Use images in your posts. The power of a well-chosen image to add interest and clarity to your subject matter can greatly improve the effectiveness of your writing. This is especially true with blogging. Images can convey a wealth of information, especially that which words cannot adequately describe. The effective use of images will improve the look of your blog and attract readers.
If you are going to blog, you need to make sure you choose a niche or market that you are passionate about. There are plenty of blogs out there, and there are just as many topics to choose from. Stay specific, and choose a blogging subject that you can create a successful blog with.
Think of your blog posts as travelers. When you have clicked the publish button, the blog post will continue to survive on its own. Your blog post then becomes a traveler. Try giving your posts what they need to deal with any harsh conditions, along with good instructions on how to prosper online.
There are many good blogging platforms available with Blogger and WordPress being the most commonly used services. Both are great free platforms that allow one to quickly set up a blog for free. Blogger has the advantage of allowing commercial content whereas with WordPress you must upgrade to a premium service to post commercial content. Let your purpose for blogging be your guide when choosing a blogging platform.
The knowledge you have gained today, should have helped you gain an understanding of what it means to blog and build a digital presence for yourself. Go ahead and share this knowledge with your friends, even the ones that blog already, and see what they have to say about this article and what you have learned.