This guest post is by Traci Dillard of allstayathome.com.
It’s important to have a strong and likeable voice as a blogger. If your followers don’t like your voice and article flow, they probably won’t return to your blog.
Equally important is what valuable information or “hidden treasure” you have to offer to your readers. This can also be a driving force to ensure repeat traffic.
Depending on your niche, it is important that you keep your information current and share helpful resources with your readers. Not only will you find that readers will return to your blog to catch the latest information, but you will begin to see your list of followers grow as well.
Resources can compensate for voice
If you are having trouble finding your “voice,” having a blog full of powerful resources and lists can help to compensate for this.
Your blog must be useful to those seeking the information you’re sharing in order to attract and keep visitors. If your blog is a reliable source of information in a specific area, this alone can work wonders.
Set your goal to become the best in your niche
The key to success with a blog is to strive to provide the best information in your niche. If you aren’t already an expert on the topics you write about, you need to become one. This means you need to study your competition.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are they doing to gain and keep followers?
- What secrets do they share?
While you don’t necessarily want to share the same information they share, you should gather better information to stay a step ahead of your competition. Do as much research as you can, dig around, and learn as much as possible about the subject of your blog.
You cannot maintain a successful blog if you offer insufficient or incomplete information on a subject. You must master the niche and this requires thorough, ongoing research.
Organize your information
Once you gather information, keep it updated and organize it on your pages so that it is understandable to the reader.
You will see the most traffic from posts that contain organized lists as well as helpful “how-to” information that is up-to-date.
Keep posts original and unique
Sure, you will have to gather resources from around the web and other places, but the trick is to gather a wealth of information from many different sources and give your audience the best of the best! You want to wow your readers.
When a reader finds the information you offer to be powerful and interesting, they will most likely want more of what you have to offer and will therefore be more likely to subscribe, follow, and comment on what they’ve read.
The feedback from readers is a valuable tool in making your blog even better.
How and where should you gather resources?
In order to gather the best resources for your readers, you are going to have to invest some quality time. You will need to devote a time specifically for research on the topic you are blogging about. Think about the list(s) or specific information you want to provide and take advantage of the web. Use the following types of sites to find the information:
- Forums: Forums are a treasure trove of hidden secrets. Find some forums specific to your niche and do some digging. You are likely to find some gold!
- Discussion boards: Other discussion boards, like Q&A boards are also a valuable tool for finding the information you seek. While doing a search on Google or other search engines, specify your topic and also enter a discussion board or choose from the options in the search engine.
- Blogs: Search specifically for blogs that have information about your topic. Blogs are another hidden source of great information.
- Wikis: Wikis and online encyclopedias offer valuable information usually written by experts in their fields. They are great for finding information on specific topics. In addition, Wikis usually contain lists of other reliable resources.
- Social sites: There has been an explosion of social sites in recent years, so listing them all would require a completely separate post, but sites like Stumble Upon, Digg, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are of course among some of the better sites where you will find information you may not otherwise find from a basic search.
Use more than one search engine
If you are a loyal Google searcher, break out of your comfort zone and give some other search engines a shot when looking for the information you need.
The keys to success
Before posting, check and re-check your spelling and grammar. Nothing turns a reader off more than an article that is rife with spelling and grammar mistakes. Use the spell check first, then proofread your work yourself or have a friend proofread it. Spell check is good, but it doesn”t find all the errors, so take extra time to make sure your work is flawless.
Hard work, dedication and consistency will pay off, but patience and belief in the posts you create are the keys to success. It is important to post regularly, but a good rule to live by is quality over quantity. This will lead to better search engine ranking and an overall better following in the long run.
Become the voice for your resources
After gathering your resources, think of yourself as the voice for the power of these resources.
Carefully analyze and share how the information, piece by piece, can help your viewers. This is where some creativity and thinking outside of the box can play a part. Give your readers ideas that will work and ideas that nobody else is sharing.
Anyone can just create lists, but you can turn these lists into gold!