Why Blog? 4 Great Blogging Tips
Just off the top of my head, here are a few reasons authors should blog. Blogging drives traffic to your website, and those extra visits have the potential of turning into book sales and maybe even new fans. Blogging helps establish you as a writer with talent and offers you a chance to inspire others. A blog gives you a platform; from recommending books to readers or giving writing or marketing instruction to your fellow authors, to offering sage advice on life or revealing your favorite recipes, a blog gives you the opportunity to talk about any subject you enjoy. Blogging is fun, it's free, and you won't believe how much you'll relish each positive comment your posts receive.
1. Offer Fun, Interesting ContentYour blog posts offer you a prime opportunity to shine, so write witty, write fun, write entertaining. Your blog posts should spark some sort of emotion in your reader. Make 'em happy. Make 'em sad. Make 'em think.
2. Ask For CommentsWhen you visit other websites and see lots of comments, what do you think? This site is popular! And that's exactly the opinion you want visitors to have about your site. So don't be shy about asking visitors to leave a comment.
3. Respond To CommentsIf visitors take the time to comment, you should be a good host and respond. This isn't difficult. Click the setting on your blog so that you're alerted by e-mail every time someone comments.
4. Leave Comments On Other BlogsComment boxes usually offer a chance to add the URL of your blog as part of the comment process. DO THIS! You never know who might happen along, read your witty comment, and enjoy it so much they click through to your blog.
Oh, and here's #5! (Think of it as New Math.)Always end each blog post with a question. This practice, above all others, encourages your visitors to offer you their opinion on the blog subject. And who knows? You just might learn something new.
There you have it, my opinion on why blogging is important and four (okay, five) quick tips for blogging success. What practices have you found that have made your blog a success?
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