Here are seven blogging tips I've learned over the last two years.
They're not the kind of tips you normally see in a list like this. But I learned them in two years of blogging - so I know they work.
#1 - Listen to Podcasts & Watch YouTube Videos
The best thing you can do to stay creative and inspired is listen to podcasts or watch YouTube videos by other bloggers in your niche. Blogging is a lonely activity and its easy to get caught in your own headspace.
But if you want to get those creative juices flowing, you need to get into the flow of ideas within your industry or niche. So now and again, put everything down and immerse yourself in a podcast or a video.
You'll come away brimming with ideas and with your blogging batteries recharged.
#2 - Don't Use Your Email List as a Distribution Tool
Don't use your email list as a distribution tool for you latest blog posts.
That's not really giving your readers much.
Instead, make your readers feel special by giving them tips and insights that are not available in your blog posts. That way you give them real value. Your open rates will increase because your readers know that your email contains stuff they can't find anywhere else.
#3 - Don't Waste Valuable Time Link Building
Your success as a blogger will be proportional to the unique contribution you make to others. That means creating amazing content. It means doing research and putting information together in a way that no one has done before. People will link to that kind of content without even being asked.
Unfortunately, most bloggers spend half their time creating content and the other half link building. Link building doesn't add value to anyone. More importantly its tedious, time-consuming, and has a very low success rate.
Spend that time doing something creative and unique. That will get you all the links you need.
#4 - Build Out The Topical Authority of Your Website
The more you specialize in a particular topic, the higher you'll rank in Google - Google values websites and web pages that have high topical authority.
Humans will also begin to recognize you as a go-to person on that topic. And that will build your credibility with your audience.
#5 - Respond to Comments on Your Blog Posts
Respond to comments on your articles and encourage your readers to ask you questions.
One way to encourage questions is to respond to every question with the opening line: "Thanks for your question". It shows other readers that you encourage questions.
Try to to respond to comments with 24 hours - that helps in building a relationship with your visitors.
#6 - Make Your Blog Posts Easy To Read
Use an easy-to-read font size (no smaller than 16 pixels) and write short sentences - no more than 25 words. Write short paragraphs containing no more than four sentences.
#7 - Check It With Grammarly Before You Hit 'Publish'
The spell-checker in Microsoft Word is very useful - no doubt about that.
But there are lots of errors it won't pick up.
For example, you may have the correct spelling but the wrong usage ('there' instead of 'their' or 'peace' instead of 'piece'). The spell-checker won't pick up those errors.
But Grammarly will. And it's free - so no excuse for not using it.