6 Useful Blogging Ideas For Bloggers

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Have you already chosen a platform for your blogs? If so, have you decided on a topic yet?

This is the common dilemma that most bloggers face, especially those who are new to the blogosphere. I have personally experienced this when I started. In fact, I had no idea how to start my posts or how to gain an audience for them.

However, as time passed, I learnt about the ins and outs of the blogging industry—from the most effective writing styles to the most efficient techniques in engaging your fanbase.

To explain further, here’s a breakdown of all that I’ve learned:

1. Write about what you love

What are you blogging about? Fashion? Cars? Toys? College? Online games? Dating? Sex? Whatever it is, make sure that it is “you”.

Starting a blog may sound like an easy task, and it is!

However, maintaining it is where the real work begins since you got to have at least two posts each week, if not each day, to keep your readers interested. And if you have no real interest in the topic you chose, you will likely end up with either poor posts or a stagnant blog.

Personally, I have gone through this crisis. In the beginning, I found it incredibly tempting to write about so many things since my interests vary (something that I’m sure most of you are).

Nevertheless, stick to what you love talking about. Know your passion and blog about it. Don’t choose famous topics in an effort to gain readers quickly. Most importantly, don’t bait them into subscribing to your posts by promising them with prizes, freebies, and give-aways. That’s just a cheap shot and isn’t how you should gain an audience.

Ultimately, what you’re aiming for is to reach out to people who love what you love, and let them bask in your thoughts and insights while learning about what they think about your ideas.

Simply put, your blog should be a reflection of yourself.

2. Be original

The blogosphere is a rapidly expanding universe, with thousands of bloggers already established as “credible” and a thousand others who are gaining their own fanbase. With this kind of competition, it can be quite daunting to stand out, especially if you are just a beginner.

Also, it’s quite tricky to be noticed when your topic has already been discussed by a thousand others.

This is where your creativity and skill as a writer comes in. No matter how common the niche is, or how irrelevant it may seem (like two-ply vs. three-ply tissues), it all boils down to how you present it to your audience, how you formulate your ideas, and how you develop the syntactical structure of your posts.

So even if the premise of your blog is the same with others, you giving it a new twist may be enough to make it more appealing to readers.

3. Focus on the quality of your posts

A common problem for most bloggers is the fluctuating quality of their posts. In a week, one may write an interesting article, the next might be something okay, and the week after is a post that goes blah.

Yes, I’ve personally struggled with this. So, how did I cope? Simple: I didn’t force myself.

Although posting at least two articles per week may be ideal, it may not turn out as good if you’re only writing for the sake of having something to upload.

Indeed, never compromise the quality of your articles, even when you are chasing deadlines yourself. Write something that YOU would like to read and learn about and try to avoid what’s already obvious to your readers—they are not naïve. Often, worthless outputs may only sacrifice their loyalty to your blog, which basically means that you may lose your audience over irrelevant musings.

4. Enhance your photos and videos

One easy way to attract and keep readers is to entice them with creative and relevant images. This may mean that you have to improve your photography skills—that is if you are capturing pictures and videos yourself.

Now if you’re already thinking of high-end DSLR and tutorials, stop right there. You don’t have to become an expert photographer for you to present interesting images.

For one thing, there is Adobe Photoshop. I’m sure most of you are familiar with this software and many may even be using it right at this moment. Although it might take a little while learning the basics, once you get the hang of it, you can proceed with editing like a pro.

5. Develop your online credibility

Once you have gained a significant fanbase (10+ subscribers to your RSS feeds) you will know that your blog is gaining traction in the blogosphere. And to boost your reputation, you must develop an air of “authority” in your blog.

How?

Present your ideas on a particular topic based on facts.

How timely are your posts? Are you merely offering your own insights to a common idea? Are you presenting your thoughts with regards to factual information?

Meanwhile, it also helps if you know how to verify facts for the topics you discuss. So even if you’re blogging about dating where it’s hard finding something “factual”, you can use statistics and university studies revolving gender and interaction. Moreover, when talking about pop literature, gather facts from different sources and synthesise your insights based on your researched facts.

In the end, remember that what you are saying influences your readers, one way or the other. Hence, it’s important that you give them relevant and credible ideas every time. Often, only through this can you build a thriving reputation in the world of blogging.

6. Promote through various social media channels

Jump on the bandwagon! Needless to say, it’s one of the best things you can do to tell people, “Hey! I have a blog. Come check it out!”

Now, if you don’t have Facebook and Twitter accounts yet, now is the perfect time to make them. These are certainly two of the best means you can use to access and interact with a global network of Internet users. But instead of just tweeting to people whom you share a common interests with, do follow them and read their blogs too to ‘return the favour’.

Also, each time you have a new post, try to tweet or post a status about it. At the same time, sneak in a link to your site. Undeniably, this is a simple but effective method of advertisement that will work wonders to reaching out to your fanbase.

However, be careful not to overdo this because your followers or friends may consider your posts “spammy” which is not at all good for your reputation.

Conclusion

As a last tip, be sure to have fun. This is what blogging is all about. It’s a way for you to express your insights on certain subjects, interact with people who share your interests, and be part of a community of writers. Stop worrying about gaining an audience; be patient because blogging certainly takes time. Remember: good things come to those who wait.

Good luck!

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About emma

Emma Tomlinson is the Head of Retail at Smart Traffic, a top SEO agency London offering services to many countries across the globe.

Comments

  1. Interesting thoughts. It’s true that quality is more important than “blogging for the sake of blogging” because every post should provide value to the readers. Thank you for the tips to back things up with facts so that this builds trust with the readers. Good article.

    • Thanks for the appreciation. Thanks too for sharing your own understanding on the topic; high-quality and valuable posts must be our main focus as bloggers. :)

  2. really a nice tips..it will really help me out …thanks for sharing ….!!!

  3. Blogging is a wonderful field where one can connect to massive audience on the web, by just sharing their views, experiences, or even some ideas, tricks and tips relating to internet marketing, never the less, which niche you choose, what really matters is the way you present your selves, if you want your blog to get successful, you have to write it in such a way that it connects to the audience directly and audience are willing to read your blogs and give their valuable suggestions, so what is important is the Presentation along with proper grammar and also an Eye-Catching Header, as it is the header which gives more information about the content of the blog.

    • Yes, you are right; we must not fail to connect with our audience whenever we blog. What is more, we must present our ideas nicely. Thanks for sharing these insights with us. :)

  4. Choosing the right topic for blog is very difficult task for bloggers. I prefer your above said tips that will be beneficial for many bloggers..

    • Yes, there are times we find it hard to come up with topics. During such moments, we need to be creative in order to engage our audience.

      Thanks for the appreciation, Neha. ;)

  5. Wow! Love the these tips. Must have taken these tips you a while to write blog. Please keep up the good work!

  6. Hey Emma,
    Lovely post!! This post will act as words of wisdom for those who are new to the blogging arena. I certainly agree that the blogger writes the best, when he write about the niche which he himself admires and loves. These are a great set of tips. A note of thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  7. lol, I have seen a lot of posts that write about these tips but i really love your post. Thanks for sharing,it’s very helpful.

  8. Really some of the best points which are to be kept in mind for a new as well as experienced blogger .if the topic and the writeup in the blog are perfect than ton of traffic is not to far…Thanks again

  9. These are great tips for blogging success you’ve shared here Emma. It is equally useful for newbies as well as the existing bloggers.

  10. Hi Emma,

    Yes – Social Media is one of the most important aspects of exposing your content to interested users, and growing your network as well as building on your Online Creditability and or image by establishing yourself as a knowledgeable person (or expert as some like to call themselves) in your specific niche or market.

    • Great idea Anton! As bloggers, it is indeed very helpful for our image if we continue improving ourselves and build up our reputation as experts in a particular field.

  11. Hi Emma,

    Great post. As all these are more or less equal when it comes to establishing yourself and or your website or blog as an authoritative figure and developing and growing your network and website and or blog’s value, especially in terms of digital and social media marketing.

  12. This is wonderful post! As Doing blogging is very difficult task. But really a nice tips..it will really help me out …thanks for sharing.

  13. I believe that as long as you do something you love, you’ll never work day’s worth in your life. So stick to topics that suite you and you do enjoy – even when blogging.

  14. Thanks for the tips,its awseome article and sounds very good.Iam sure i come back again to read your next article..Thanks!

  15. Hello,
    I am new blogger seeking exceptional information to improve my skills as soon as possible. I think this post is really good and I am planning to apply the tips in my blog.
    Thank you!

  16. Thanks George! I’m so glad you appreciate the tips in this post. And good luck with your blog, I’m sure it’ll soon gain a fanbase. ;)

  17. Thank you for this post. I am not a new blogger but still found some things to apply. I think sometimes I forget the originality of it.

  18. Hi EMMA ,
    You have shared a nice article that gives nice tips to writing most readable blog. Blogging is worth to reach your customers and increase your business usability on the internet, but it should be quality just posting content on blog doesn’t work.You have shared nice tips..it will really help me out …thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi Emma, great tips for bloggers. I know I started in a business niche that I wasn’t all that passionate about, and after a few years I had to move on because I was beginning to get slaughtered by those that were passionate.

  20. im first time seend your blog im very inspire your work you all article is very helpful for new blogger

  21. hi, this tip is very nice and helpful info, it is truly impressive, keep sharing.

  22. That all true! All list is all bloggers have to be done whenever they want to become a successful blogger. Selecting interested topic which you love avoided high blood blogging pressure. Always find some original and qualities content, especially added more visual aid such as photo videos are what readers wanted. Moreover, delivering those articles through social media channel and increase more reputation are way of successful strategy.

  23. Hi Amma!
    My love-life is very boring :)) So i don’t think writing about love is not a good choice for me!
    Thanks for sharing!

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