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Janice is an avid writer, currently collaborating on a screenplay and she loves blogging to the point of obsession! She even had the honour of being nominated for the Liebster Award after just blogging for one month. She is thrilled to be guest blogging and is very grateful for the opportunity. Janice has more posts about advice and a wide variety of other topics. If you’d like to read more of Janice’s advice blog, visit Reflections at ‘mycurrentnewsblog.com’.
Janice over to you…Blondewritemore is all yours!
Are you a blogger who has tried every “trick in the book” to improve your readership? Are you tired of being discouraged by falling stats? With millions of blogs on the Internet, you need to make yours stand out from the rest. By following a few simple steps, you can:
Step 1: Write an effective headline.
In my post 13 Foolproof Ways You Can Stop Writing Ineffective Blog Headlines, I covered how to do this in detail. However, the strategy for writing the headline is rather simple.
- Have a number in your headline, and use the digits, not the words
- Use “you”—it makes the post personal for the reader
- Use the word “tips” or “ways”
- Try to promise something the reader will get by reading your post. “How To” posts do well. You are offering the promise that, by reading your post, there readers will be more successful at doing something.
Step 2: Include an interesting photo.
In 7 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging, I suggested free photo sharing sites.
- You want to include engaging photos that pique your readers’ curiosity. I like using Canva, so I can add text to the photo, and in that way, make it my own. I made a photo pinned it to Pinterest where it was repined. It had a link back to my site, so I got a page view. Imagine the potential for each photo you link!
- Put the photo at the top to the right or left, so readers’ eyes don’t have to scan so many characters when they decide whether or not to stay on your site. It’s okay to enlarge the font as well to provide for fewer characters per line at the beginning.
Step 3: Have great content.
- Your readers should feel like their time at your site was well spent since they learned something new. Show your personality. The key is to have content that is entertaining or entertaining and informative. I’ve heard there are many blogs that are not educational, but since they are so entertaining, their readers keep returning to their site.
Step 4: Include hyper-links to other posts on your site.
- If you are trying to get your stats to rise, and I believe this is something all bloggers would like to see, link back to your other relevant posts. In this post, I have included two hyperlinks to my other posts.
Step 5: Write an uplifting conclusion.
- If you are writing a “How To” post, put your best tip last. If it’s inspirational, it could function as your conclusion.
Step 6: End with a question.
- When readers reply to answer your question, you will get another page view!
That’s all it will take—follow these steps, and your traffic will improve. I know mine did.
Writing a successful post that brings traffic involves a plan, not (just) luck. If you keep these tips in front of you when you write, over time, they will become routine, and your traffic will routinely rise!
I would like to thank Blondewritemore very much for this opportunity. Blondeusk and I have only just become “blogging friends,” so the fact that she let me guest post on her site is quite an honour. There is no greater validation for a blogger than to have her work featured on someone else’s site.
I genuinely love helping people which is why I am thrilled being able to share advice with the readers of ‘Blondewritemore’. If you’d like more blogging tips and other advice, visit me at Reflections at mycurrentnewsblog.com.
Great post Janice! Some useful hints and tips that we can all use in our blogging lives. Thanks again for this guest post.
If there are any other guest bloggers out there looking to take over ‘Blondewritemore’ please get in contact. Guest bloggers are always made very welcome, especially the ones I don’t have to bribe!