Thinking of starting a blog? Feeling anxious or overwhelmed with the blog you have already started? While that's certainly understandable for any first time venture, you just need to take a deep breath and clear any misconceptions you may have about blogging. While it certainly can be time consuming you should have fun while you do it. Also its good to note that blogging enables better SEO for web ranks so lets get started with the tips!
Here are the three best blogging practices for beginners:
1. Stay active. You always want to be publishing new content. New content means new links going in and new links going out. Blogs give your website the opportunity to be more active. And just a little SEO tip - Google loves blogs because they are active!
2. Leverage Side Bars. In your blog sidebars you can put a twitter feed, poll, blog subscription, or even video. This adds to the dynamic of your blog and further connects potential customers and your readers to your other platforms.
3. Don't ignore comments! And don't just let the comments pile up. Just as your readers are giving feedback, you should be responsive as well! When you give readers a say and respond back, you're helping to give interest to the blog. When someone leaves a comment, comment back on a first name basis. This makes the reader feel more welcomed. Worried about negative comments? Don't be! Negative comments are a great problem solving tool.
Just like anything else, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become. This will certainly be true of your blogging efforts. Don't give up if you don't immediately see the results you're looking for. Just stay active and respond to any feedback and you'll be a pro in no time!