If you're an avid blog reader then you'll probably know that there are plenty of blog tips out there. I've posted many posts on blogging but as a reader I know that it can be difficult to know which advice to take. There are posts on getting started, organisation, content creation etc. Knowing which tips to follow can make a real difference to your blog, so here is an overview on using blog advice to your advantage.
Which parts of your blog do you want to work on?
Knowing which parts of your blog you want to concentrate on or which aspects of blogging you're interested in can help you to use that information effectively. For example, if you're a new blogger then you might not want to focus on monetising your blog at this moment in time. Sure, you can bookmark that information for a later date but working on areas, such as promoting your blog might be more beneficial to you.
Search for specifics
If you're searching for information on google then knowing exactly what your looking for can help. There are thousand of articles out there so keeping your search as specific as possible will help return search results that are worth looking at.
Avoid information overload
Reading too much information on one subject can be very overwhelming. Try to stick to reading no more than three articles at one time. Make notes on aspects you find interesting/want to implement.
What works for someone else might not work for you
Whilst I've written blogging advice and tips, its important for me to note that I'm not an expert at blogging and most of the blog posts I've written are my thoughts and suggestions. As a reader, any of the content I read on blogging are things I take with a pinch of salt - there is a lot of valuable information there but they're not necessarily things that will work for me. Different things work for different people and doing what works best for you is always important.
What do you want to do?
If you know what direction you want your blog to go in, for instance is blogging a hobby or is it something you want to use to boost your career goals then you can use blog resources to help your blog vision. I truly believe that blog advice/tips should complement your overall blog vision, rather than be a 'how to' or tell you how to run your blog. I've seen a lot of tips on how to increase your blog views/how to improve your traffic/how to increase subscribers. Using these tips and following strict advice probably wont work for you if you're not considering the type of content YOU want to create. I read an interesting post recently on how a blogger makes thousands of dollars per month via his blog. Now, whilst it proved an engaging read, I'm not going to copy the type of content he creates as its a completely different niche and I have my own ideas.
Know your strengths
Knowing what you're good at can prove very rewarding when it comes to using blogging advice. If improving your page views is something you want to work on then taking a look at your google analytics or blogger statistics can help you to discover what your most popular posts are. Finding out your most popular posts can help you plan your content in relation to what people want to read and can also help you to find advice that will work for you in relation to planning your content to boost views, for example using keywords and seo. Similarly, if photography is your strong point then information on advanced photography might be useful to you as its something you could push even more.
You don't need to know everything
There are articles on possible every blog subject you could ever imagine. Don't feel like you need to know or use every piece of information. For instance, If you blog as a hobby then information on pro blogging will probably be of no use to you at all. I sometimes think that new bloggers in particular must be completely overwhelmed by all the blogging advice out there. You really don't need to utilise information on aspects such as seo, photography, monetisation etc if you don't want to. Its great that information is easily accessible and can be considered in professional terms but blogging can also be your means of escaping everyday life and a fun hobby!
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