|MyDL Blogging Tips|
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:57
My Digital Life Blogging Tips
1. Find a niche and stick to it (if you can). Everyone on My Digital Life knows that Riiaan reviews games, Paralyzer reviews movies and both RIC007GP & msbodetti blog about Apple products. It will help you build credibility. However, there is nothing wrong with being an all-rounder.
2. Update frequently. Don’t do a post now, and another one in 10 days time. Give your readers something to come back to, often. Growing and sustaining readers is key.
3. Interview someone popular online if you can, and link back to his/her blog. Or just mention them in a blog post or quote. If you both are on Twitter, tweet it and tag the person. In all likelihood, you will get a retweet.
4. Write about current/hot topics; topics that people will Google. My Digital Life has a very high ranking on Google, so use it to your advantage. This is why political blogs get good hits. Example: if a ‘long awaited’ product has just launched, write your opinion about it.
5. Share your blog URL in a way that it doesn’t spam anyone’s stream. Use aggregators, social bookmarking sites and social networking sites. Authors, if you want to earn more, you will need South African traffic. Your personal blog URL is www.mydl.co.za/username. If you have a space between characters, use a + sign, eg: www.mydl.co.za/OS+GIKEN.
6. Encourage debate/feedback/comments from your readers. Ask them what they think about the subject you blogged about, or if they had a similar experience.
7. Don’t blog when you are angry and need to rant. You will end up regretting it when you’ve calmed down. Similarly, do not lose your cool online.
8. If you want to be taken seriously, do not copy and paste stuff you find online. If you need to reference some text or a photo, credit the source and don’t pass it off as your own.
Here are some tips from our Facebook page:
Waseem Dawood: Write for yourself as much as possible and proofread your stuff at least once before posting.
Richard Hope: Read, read and read some more. RSS feeds to sites that have interesting content are a great source of inspiration and ensure you keep up with what is happening.
R.L. Nel: Reply to the comments you receive on your blog posts as much as you're able to. The fact that your readers can interact with you is one of the biggest advantages and perks of blogging. So when people take the time to write you something, the least you can do is to respond to them. And as many myDLers know and can attest to, some of the liveliest debates and/or hilarious banter often take place in the comments section of blog posts!