How to Become a Good Blogger?
Today, we are going to discuss, how to become a good blogger.
Blogging as a career have got bright future for persons of all age. If you are passionate about writing and sharing your experience, blogging is a good platform.
We sincerely hope you had your awesome share of fun this new year. As they say, new year translates into new beginnings and new resolutions.
We are kinda following the same rule here- after all, why mess with the precedents, right?
Anyhow, this is not going to be a drab read. It is a basic know-how of how to execute effective blogging. You are all excellent writers, no one is disputing that. However, it always helps to build on your skill.
Blogging, as a writing form, is vastly different from say, your basic college thesis / article writing or other essays. It has to be:
e. NOT drab
The average reader has a limited attention span.
You need to reel them in before they effectively tune you out of their sight and mind. Now, how do you do that?
How does one allure maximum readers? Well there are certain cardinal rules you should essentially live by:
1. For the purpose of blogging at MyTrustedTutor.com, please try to maintain a minimum length of 1000 words.
Now you must be like, you just told us to be CONCISE! I know, I know.
I am not trying to challenge what I just wrote literally seconds back. Academic articles and guides on exam preparation usually span that length.
We want to build a one stop repository for all students for most of the disciplines.
For this purpose, the articles can be a little chunky BUT presentable.
And we want to maintain a good link building process holistically.
2. Be interactive with your readers when blogging!
Honestly, this is really, really important.
Notice the tone I am using for this article?
It sort of makes you want to read it and not just ignore it, right? (Well I sure hope so! :P)
Some important ways to go about it:
Use active voice and use first person as much as you can.
Personalise the text.
Try to connect with the readers.
Make them associate with and relate to your writing.
Use this article as an example: A Professional Approach to Using LinkedIn
True disclosure: It is an article I have penned down but I am using it as an example because there is nothing close to it currently.
3. Use shorter sentences, guys in blog post!
Please do not go on and on and on.
Understand that the attention span of human brain has drastically reduced – thanks to evolution and technology!
Keep a limit of 15 words per sentence, and that is the higher side!
Opt to be precise rather than being boring and lengthy. You start off on some discussion and end on a different note altogether. That is NOT effective, people!
4. Use simple vocabulary!
It will not assist my intellectual self if you indulge in decorative usage of sentence formations.
Get what I mean?
You probably did not even bother to read that sentence, it was so complex and useless!
Be simple and minimalistic.
There is no need to use flashy words- this is NOT a college project that you need to be marked on.
This is a blogging platform, the readers come from all walks of life. They do not have the time to sit and understand what you are talking about and use that decoding to figure out your actual content.
Do not just write words for the heck of it. Avoid using Shift + F7 on Microsoft Word as much as you can. (We know we all do that!)
5. Please mention US properly wherever you do cite us!
Brand building is important- this is a known fact. So wherever and whenever you want us to mention MyTrustedTutor.com in your blogs, please do it properly.
Please write the whole website which is MyTrustedTutor.com and then create a hyper link of MyTrustedTutor.com itself.
In Microsoft Word, you can do that by pressing CTRL + K. Yes, it is THAT easy.
Once highlighted, the text becomes blue and underlined. That is a job well done, people!
6. Do try to mention MyTrustedTutor.com whenever possible in Blog
Do not make it sound too desperate or look out of place.
Mention MyTrustedTutor.com about 1-2 times in the article by connecting it with the theme of the article.
A great way of doing it is, say for example you wrote an article on preparation for …. say, CAT!
You can mention our URL by saying it is a great place to find local tutors who train students for such entrances.
You can earn extra brownie points by researching a little and recommending two good tutors of that particular subject (if applicable) in your write up. This will help us a LOT!
7. Understanding how SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) works
In layman language, we need to make our blog VISIBLE in the internet space.
As we know, it ginormous. Hence, to make our rightful impact, we need to hack our way into limelight.
The best way to go about it is to be as SEO friendly possible as you can!
Now, as an editor, it is my job in the end, but you must try to help me. How do you do that? Simple:
Think of yourself as a savvy Google user (which I am guessing you already are!). You want some tips on TOEFL because you are set to appear for it soon and you want to prepare the best way you can.
Now tell me, what exactly are you going to type on Google? Most of us would type “TOEFL tips” or “TOEFL advice” or “TOEFL India advice” or “TOEFL India student”.
If you have written a super fancy article along the lines of “TOEFL for beginners and how to conquer it“, how is it going to come in the Google search results?
An average user doesn’t proceed beyond Page 1 results and poor SEO would ensure that our poor blog suffers by lagging behind on the TENTH page!
To help combat this situation, before you start writing the article, think about the basic theme you are writing on and think like a Google user.
What are the few choice words you will use if you are looking for an article on the particular subject matter?
It should be AS BASIC AS “toefl tips” and you can use it like “Here is an article which enumerates basic TOEFL tips for beginners” or “We have some TOEFL advice for you!“.
Yeah, it is as simple as that. Just do it 2-3 times and you will get a hang of it.
We require you to find such focus keywords, use them in the article, highlight them wherever you have used them (make it bold) and MENTION the keywords at the bottom of the article.
It is a compulsory aspect of you submitting and us accepting your articles.
8. Be consistent and understand your audience
Do not set very high and unrealistic targets. You are only human and it is all good. Be consistent, regular and do not fluctuate a lot in terms of writing style.
That is all. I really hope this article is well absorbed by all the brilliant bloggers with immediate effect.
See, we love your work but there is always room for improvement.
If you dont follow guidelines of Good Blogger tips, it will be difficult at accept articles.
If your submitted articles are not according to the above-mentioned guidelines, we will have no other option but to reject the submission however awesome it is.