Developing Good Blogging Habits Is Essential

I have learned in life that when I am attempting something new, whether it be a new business or tackling a particular job, that it is always best to develop good habits right from the start because bad habits have a tendency to hold us back, and prevent us from reaching our potential. This is especially true for Bloggers and so  every serious blogger should develop good blogging habits if they want to gain and keep a good readership. There are probably a lot of different versions of good blogging habits on the net but these are the ones that I like to adhere to.

  1. Make Your Topic Interesting! This is important as you need to grab peoples attention so that they take the time to stop and read your post. This goes hand in hand with a catchy title and for SEO purposes it is also a good idea to include, where possible, good keywords.
  2. The Importance Of The First Paragraph! You don’t want to lose them after dangling the bait with an uninformative boring first paragraph. The first paragraph should be inviting. This is also a flow on of #1 because once you have grabbed their attention they will begin to read the first few words that you have posted. If they do not find them inviting enough, then why would they take the bait read the rest of your blog? For SEO reasons it also a good idea to include your ‘Title’ keywords in your post.
  3. The Post Should Invite Comment. This is extremely important because the more comments you get then the more important your blog looks. People usually check out to see how many comments are attached to the post. If yours has a lot of comments, they will wonder why and then if the first 2 didn’t work, the curiosity will.
  4. Be Honest And Sincere. Honesty is definitely the best policy. If you lie in your post or use subterfuge, sooner or later you will get caught out and will be shunned by the blogger community. If the purpose of your post is to promote an affiliate or any other venture state it clearly and don’t try to trick people into clicking on a link. If people think you lack honesty then it will be most unlikely that they will click on any affiliate link.
  5. Quality Not Quantity. Doing more than one post a day, though it may be good for exposure it could well turn people away from your blog. Everyone has a busy lifestyle and may not want to keep up with all your posts. It’s is better to take the time to do quality posts, even if it means every other day, rather than a lot of sloppy ones.
  6. Punctuation And Grammar. With the advent of spell checking software it doesn’t take long to check your posts to make sure it’s up to scratch. If you are not going to take the time to do this why would someone waste their time reading it.
  7. Provide Examples. When explaining something in your post it is always best to provide an example to make it absolutely clear to the reader what it is you are talking about.
  8. Link To Other Blogs. This is something that I have just recently picked up and I wish I had started it earlier. Blogging is about building a learning community and linking to other blogs enhances both the sender and the receiver of the ‘linkluv’.
  9. Leave Room For Comment. If you do a post that covers every point possible, then what avenue have you left for someone to leave a comment other than ‘good post’ and I know how we all hate those comments.
  10. Ask For Participation. This would be a great way to break the ice and can be easily achieved by asking for their opinion on the post or even how they would tackle a particular subject.

These good blogging habits are only the tip of the iceberg and there are bound to be a whole lot more out there that we could all learn from. What habits do you think make for a better blogger?

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  1. Very well written post. specifying all important habits for the bloggers…

    Nihars last blog post..Top Entrecard Droppers in August

  2. Thanks Nihar, I think it is important that all bloggers share their ideas on what makes a good blog.

    Sires last blog post..The Day That HHgregg Took On A Blogger And Lost

  3. These are some great habits to have, the hard part is developing these habits. I feel points 2 and 4 could be the most important things to focus on. But that’s just me.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Beau71s last blog post..Google Chrome Users Beware

  4. I think that each point will have a different scale of importance depending on the blogger and the post and there are probably many others that I have not even considered. I am hoping that the post will invite some comments that we can all learn from.

    Sires last blog post..What To Do With Phone Call Scams And Their Phishing Trip

  5. I would call this “10 Habits of Highly Successful Blogger” and on my scale of importance, ‘honesty’ is the one quality that separate one from the rest. You can’t fake it anymore nowadays. It’s either you know or you don’t, there is no grey area when it comes to blogging. That said, honesty rules the day and it’s also the basis of social relationship. Great article, Sire and keep it coming.

    Yan

    Yan Shall Blogs last blog post..Where Did They Go From Here?

    1. Thanks Yan, honesty is definitely the best policy especially when trying to promote things such as affiliates via you blogging. If you don’t have your readers respect for your honesty then all the other points can become virtually useless.

      Sires last blog post..Google Had To Buff The Chrome To Get The Shine Back

  6. Hi Sire,

    You have a good list of things that are important habits to develop if we want to be good bloggers. I need to learn how to do several of them better.

    You don’t specifically say this, but I get the feeling that you believe we only have a few seconds to capture someone’s attention and keep them on our blog. If we don’t do that with the title and opening paragraph, then they’ll be gone faster than Winnie the Pooh heading for the nearest honey tree.

    While I think there is truth in this, I’m not sure how important it really is on a blog.

    With advertising, you have to captivate with the headline and start delivering with the first paragraph. Then you have to build more interest until you’re ready for the call to action.

    On a blog, I think those things are important, but I believe we have more leeway to express ourselves and to develop our points more fully.

    At least, I hope that’s true.

    Usually, I write long posts, but you should see them before I cut out a lot of what I originally wrote.

    If the readers on my blogs and sites don’t already have a strong interest in the subject on which I’m writing, then I’m doomed! I’m hoping my readers are interested enough to invest a bit of time in learning and sharing.

    I know that wouldn’t work on general interest, celebrity, and gossip blogs, at least for most readers, but I’m writing for an audience that wants to learn how to make more money with affiliate marketing, and I think these folks have to have a longer attention span if they have any hope of succeeding.

    The same goes for posting only once per day.

    Sometimes, I’ll post several items in a day, and if I have nothing worthwhile to say, I may go several days before posting again. My goal is to post one good item per day, but I don’t always do it.

    I’m trying to learn the art of inviting more participation and it’s getting better. I have to thank you for part of my success in that area.

    Or, maybe I’m just fooling myself. Maybe my readers don’t have the longer attention span I give them credit for. Maybe they see my blog, and if the story is more than a few paragraphs, off they go to their version of the “honey tree.”

    What do you think?

    Act on your dream!

    JD

    John Dilbecks last blog post..Choosing the right keywords – what is your strategy?

  7. John, I can only give my personal opinion and that is that I prefer shorter posts rather than longer ones. I will read some longer ones but those posts would have something about them that captivated my attention. Perhaps if you have a particularly long post you could end with a teaser such as “more on this later” or something to that effect which will hopefully bring the reader back for more.

    As for your Winnie the Pooh analogy, yeah well a few seconds may be stretching it a little. :lol_ee:

    In regards to posting several items a day, have you ever thought of just saving them as drafts and releasing them as you need to. This also gives you the added benefit of giving them the once over before hitting the ‘publish’ button?

  8. I have to agree, the first paragraph is very important. If readers don’t like it, then you would have no chance to get their attention anymore!

    Great post Sire.

    Lucass last blog post..“Free” Doesn’t Always Mean “Poor”

    1. Whilst you may not lose every reader because your first paragraph is of poor quality there is every chance that you’ve lost their interest at the very beginning and there is every chance that you will not win them back which is why I spend more time on formulating the introduction to my post.

      Sires last blog post..Google Had To Buff The Chrome To Get The Shine Back

  9. Hi Sire,

    I really appreciate the feedback.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever master the art of writing brief articles. What I publish is generally about half as long as the original draft, but maybe I can learn to trim it some more. I’m thinking seriously about this.

    You have a good idea about multiple posts being saved as drafts and posted over several days. I’m going to think more about this.

    Thanks!

    JD

    John Dilbecks last blog post..Choosing the right keywords – what is your strategy?

  10. While we have breath in our body John, there is time to master many things in our lives, all that is lacking is the will. Unfortunately I find that while the need to do something is always there and the capacity to get it done exists I lack the essential ‘will’ to complete it and therefore I am confronted with unfinished tasks on a daily basis.

    Sires last blog post..Google Had To Buff The Chrome To Get The Shine Back

  11. one of things i’ve learned is to set a schedule to write – it can get pretty hard to churn out article after article and stil maintain a certain standard of quality. however sticking to a schedule helps :) that when habits form.

    great post by the way!

    sarahs last blog post..Hurray to the Fashionable “Possible” First Ladies

  12. Thanks Sarah for your input, as I find that when people like yourself take the time to comment on a post, adding their opinion that the post itself grows in quality and the blog becomes more of a community.

    Sires last blog post..Google Had To Buff The Chrome To Get The Shine Back

  13. I love how you mentioned spelling and grammar! Too many blogs starting out just do not focus on this issue. Quality content means quality composition!

    Corey Freemans last blog post..Can You See What Isn’t There? (Designing Your Logo)

  14. That is so true Corey, and I am surprised how some people do not spend the same amount of effort on their comments that they do on their blogs, or perhaps they don’t spend the time on their blogs either, and if that is true how do they expect to get a readership? :wallbash_tb:

    Sires last blog post..Google Had To Buff The Chrome To Get The Shine Back

  15. This is a good list; I’ll be sending the link around to some people I know will appreciate the information.

    Some people don’t know how to engage the audience straight off; people are used to writing the way they speak and not coming to the point right away. It’s important to know that writing is far different from speaking and that the linear way we tell stories doesn’t usually serve to grab someone’s attention early on.

    I figure people either have it or they don’t. The ones who do elicit my return visits.

  16. In that case I hope that my writing style will entice you to come back. It’s gets a little difficult sometimes, having so many blogs, trying to remember which style I should be writing in, especially when the blogs range from my What A Load Of Bullshit blog, to this one.

    I must admit that I rather enjoyed your New Age Bit blog and I will be keeping an eye on you to see how things go.

    Sires last blog post..Beware Of Government Officials Bearing Gifts

  17. Interesting and helpful post. Although it’s pretty much the same repeated stuff that others have written, but it’s still always good to read something like this to freshen up the memory of what makes a good entry :)

  18. That may well be true aroni, the thing is that the world being as big as it is, there are always new bloggers coming on board and this may be the first time they have seen all these ideas in one place, and it is quite possible that I have explained it in such a manner that they are more likely to soak up the lesson.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sires last blog post..Beware Of Government Officials Bearing Gifts


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    Pretty good stuff you have here, Sire. Probably the only two things I’d want to add are to have fun and be entertaining, even if your normal topics are serious. Keep ’em coming back for more.

    Mitchs last blog post..test

  20. But Mitch, my posts are always entertaining lol. Seriously mate you make a good point, and if you can’t have a bit of fun with your own blog it would be a pretty boring pass time.

    Sires last blog post..Beware Of Government Officials Bearing Gifts

  21. Hey again Sire,
    Yeah i understand that sentiment. Still is a good refresher though. Keep up at the good blogging info. :)

  22. Thanks Geoserv, it would be nice if someone did stumble it, at least that way it would get more exposure.

    Sires last blog post..Beware Of Government Officials Bearing Gifts

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