So your dream is to become a celebrity in the blogosphere?
Then you better be knowing all the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ for blogging.
Not knowing them means you are just a pretentious know-it-all type geek who is only good at complaining why his blog fails to get more than 1000 visitors every month.
But how would you know which are the do’s and don’ts for blogging? Of course you could round up all the blogging related info after doing an intensive web search. But isn’t that troublesome?
It sure is. We know that, and that’s why we’re here to make things simple for you. In this article, we’ll make lists of blogging do’s and don’ts. Let’s start with the ‘Do’s’.
Do sound research
Half knowledge is worse than ignorance. So before you make a claim to your readers or suggest anything to them, make absolutely sure your claim is valid or your suggestion is an authentic one.
Be master of some trades
The myth is quite prevalent that a blogger is a jack of all trades and master of none. On the contrary, you need to be a master of some trades. Blogging is a niche based area. Successful bloggers know how to carve out a niche in their area of blogging. Hence be a master in your niche area of blogging
Publish as much as you could
An action shouldn’t be judged by its result alone. Most bloggers make this mistake. They publish only their best posts. However, your readers want you to write as much for them as you could. Besides, having more content will keep your site ahead in the race for search engine promotion.
Create attractive layout
Blogging is not only about text-based content. Design and graphic play key roles too. An attractive layout may do wonder for your blog. It could heighten the appeal of the blog and facilitate reader engagement. That’s precisely what you want, don’t you?
There’s a difference between a blog and an article. Many wannabe bloggers don’t understand this difference. Unlike an article, a blog should have a personalized undertone. At the same time, a blog post should be brief. Brevity keeps users focused. Long posts often make them distracted. That said, if the topic of the blog requires detailed analysis or if it’s a tutorial, the blogger should feel free to write at length.
Blogging ‘Don’ts’ are as important (If not more) as blogging ‘Do’s’. There are few things that every blogger should avoid. Those things are classified under blogging ‘Don’ts’. The list of blogging ‘Don’ts’ includes the following;
Beating around the bush
Straightforwardness is a virtue. Your readers want you to be straightforward. So don’t beat around you the bush, introduce whatever you want to discuss without any ado and discuss that in full details. This would make your blog informative and that in turn pull more visitors.
Avoid long sentences
Long sentences distract readers. Readers start out and feel lost in the middle. Then they again go back to the beginning and by the time they reach to the end, they feel tired. This way they read the sentence but fail to comprehend its meaning. Short sentences on the other hand help users grasp the meaning smoothly.
Too much information
Information is good, but information overload is not good. There’s a fine line difference between these two. As long as you are putting information that are pertinent to the motif of the blog or to elaborate the sub-motifs, it’s fine. But the moment you start staffing the blog with unnecessary information, which presumably the reader won’t be able to remember for long, it’s information overload and would hurt your blog.
Don’t make typos
Typos leave a fairly bad impression about you in your reader’s mind. So be extra careful while typing. Bloggers automatically assume readers will focus on the overall content and won’t mind one or two typos. That’s not true. Readers want the blogger to be more knowledgeable than them. Typos portray the author negatively.
Bearing in mind the ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ discussed above will help you steer clear your blog posts from all sorts of errors and ambiguousness. So keep them in mind next time you blog.
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