We’ve brought together 50 of the best blogging tips to help raise your blog writing to the highest level.
They’ve been chosen to help you find great ideas, write more passionately and build readership because you connect better.
Here are my Top Nine Tips to start this blogging brouhaha:
- Write what you know – whether it’s a hobby, business or your professional expertise
- Find your own voice – a unique voice is critical; it gives you personality and separates you from the herd
- Share your passion – tell stories; share strong opinions; be enthusiastic; leave the bland with your breakfast cereal
- Grab ‘em with your title — titles must get attention or readers are gone in 3-5 seconds
- Sit. Write – sit down at your computer; start writing; see how easy that was?
- Write for fast readers – blog readers prefer to get information quickly; use bullets to help present content for easy reading
- Add texture and interest with rich visuals – choose from many charts, free photo resources such as Flickr
- Toss the marketing – ugh; I can read ads and your brochureware elsewhere
- Focus on feedback — don’t forget to ask for comments; encourage interaction; respond quickly.
Now let’s unleash our blogging experts to tell you how to be a better business blogger; write better; find ideas and inspiration; promote your blog; and learn a few technical tips to tune up your blog.
Better Business Blogging Tips
Business or corporate blogs have some unique qualities. Arik Hanson looks at 4 Corporate Blogs That Set the Bar High. Jay Bauer offers six smart tips for corporate bloggers while David Hobart answers the question Do You Know the Five Cornerstones of an Outstanding Business Blog?
While only 34% of companies are using blogs for marketing purposes in 2010, Frank Reed says watch for this trend to slowly increase to 43% by 2012. David Meerman Scott tips us off to real-time blogging as a strategy for B2B companies to get more trade media coverage. Should Every Business Blog? asks Mike Sansone. Not without caring.
Patrick Kerley shares Six Best Practices for Corporate Blogging and Joe Pulizzi suggests you use the 80/20 rule in your business blogging. Use the 80 % of content that’s about customers and throw away the 20% that is marketing or sales-related content. Yet with all the obvious advantages to business blogging, Mark Evans says it’s hard to understand The Fortune 500’s Tepid Embrace of Blogging.
Content Rules – Finding Ideas & inspiration
There’s only one way to become an A-List blogger. Your content must be superb! Denise Wakeman has three tips for great content creation while Annabel Candy shares 5 Secrets of Brilliant Blog Writing. You’ll learn how to write unforgettable posts from ProBlogger and Carol Tice lists 50 terrific techniques for can’t-fail topics.
Blogged down? The PR Coach shares 80 more tips to get you up and blogging fast. You know headlines are critical? Tim Ferriss shows the art of how to get your blog posts re-tweeted by writing great headlines. You’ll never run out of blog post ideas again if you read Jonathan Bailey’s five tips and Georgina Laidlaw’s Four Professional Editing Techniques will boost your post value.
If you’re needing motivation, read How to Show Up and Write by Taylor Lindstrom or Liz Strauss’s Ten Minute Rambles: A Tool to Jump-starting Your Blog. Jay Bauer’s Outlines Help You Write Better, Faster is essential reading for time-strapped bloggers and Denise Wakeman reminds us Yes, You Do Have Time to Blog! Still need help? Try writing like a crime reporter suggests Jesse Stanchuk.
Technical Tips for Bloggers
Great writing is just part of the secret to blogging success. With a little extra polish and some simple technical tricks, you can make your blog outstanding. Here’s how!
How to Promote Your Blog
Got your blog post written, edited, technically tuned up and ready for publication? Do it! Now comes the hard part – promoting your blog.
Adam Singer shares 10 Proven Blog Marketing Tactics You Can Use Today and David Smith suggests 18 types of posts that get more comments to increase your blog traffic. Heather Whaling provides terrific tips to get more blog readers while Danny Brown points out Two Quick Ways to Promote Your Blog. Mark Thompson wraps up our blog marketing tips with how to make the most out of guest blogging.
Public Relations & Blogging
While blogging is an important tool in the public-relations tool box, here are some tips just for PR pros. When it comes to blogger outreach Arik Hanson has 5 best practices when you write pitch emails. MyMediaInfo shares a Top 10 list of Twitter moms who blog. And the Reynolds Center offers tips on Using Google Tools to Help You Break News and Find Stories.
Can’t get enough blogging tips or seeking even more inspiration? Read Blogged Down? 80 Extraordinary Blog Tips to Go or browse more than 530 blogging tips and resources elsewhere in the PR Library including: Blog Writing, Corporate Blogging, PR Blogging Tips & Tactics and Top PR Bloggers. You may also enjoy The PR Coach’s blog This Just In… to keep you current in all things PR.
Good luck with your blogging!
Photo Credits: RA Studio - Fotolia.com
Author: Jeff Domansky is Editor, The PR Coach
50 Tips to Make You a Better Blogger
3 Secrets of Great Content Creation [Build a Better Blog]
4 Corporate Blogs That Set the Bar High [Arik Hanson]
5 Secrets of Brilliant Blog Writing [Get in the Hot Spot]
5 Techniques to Make Your Next Post Unforgettable [Problogger
5 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Outstanding [Social Media Examiner]
6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Comics [Mashable]
6 Questions with Jay Baer on Getting More Out of Your Corporate Blog [Smart Blog on Social Media]
7 Places to Find Free, Legal Images for the Web [Blogging Pro]
10 Proven Blog Marketing Tactics You Can Use Today [The Future Buzz]
10 Reasons Why Your Blog is Not Doing Well [Quick Online Tips]
10 Steps to Successful Video Blogging [Social Media Examiner]
18 Types of Posts That Get More Comments [Blog Herald]
20 Easy Ways to Promote Your Blog across the Social Web [Performancing]
35 Ways to Market Your Blog [Junta42]
50 Can’t-Fail Techniques for Finding Great Blog Topics [Copyblogger]
80 Extraordinary Blog Tips to Go [The PR Coach]
Best Business Blogging Tips and Guides of 2010 [Webbiquity]
Blogger Outreach: 5 Best Practices When Writing Pitch Emails [Arik Hanson]
Blogging by Numbers: How to Create Headlines That Get Retweeted [Four Hour Work Week]
Blogging Pitfalls: How to Never Run Out of Ideas [BloggingPro] Do You Know the Five Cornerstones of an Outstanding Business Blog? [Successful and Outstanding Bloggers]
Four Professional Editing Techniques that Boost Post Value [ProBlogger]
Have Corporate Blogs Really Caught On Yet? [Marketing Pilgrim]
How B2B Companies Use Real-time Blog Posts to Get Trade Media Exposure [Web Ink Now]
How is Your Blog Credible Compared to a Newspaper? [How to Make My Blog]
How to Show Up and Write [Copyblogger]
How to use MovieClips.com for that Perfect Scene [ConverStations]
How Your Blog Can Help Get You a Journalism Job [Fleet Street Blues]
Making the Most Out of Guest Blogging [Stay On Search]
MyMediaInfo’s Top 10s – Top 10 Twitter Moms [MyMediaInfoBlog]
Outlines Help You Write Better, Faster [Journalistics]
Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Importance of Images in a Blog [The Blog Herald]
Set Up Your Blog Like a Successful Newspaper [Marketing Profs]
Should Every Business Blog? [Converstations]
Six Best Practices for Corporate Blogging [Bullet Proof Blog]
The End of the Blog? Gawker Thinks So [The Next Web]
Ten Minute Rambles: A Tool to Jump-starting Your Blog [Successful Blog]
The 10 Basic Web Skills Every Journalist Must Have [10,000 Words]
The 80/20 Rule of Corporate Content [Junta42]
The Fortune 500’s Tepid Embrace of Blogging [Sysomos]
The One Thing Keeping You from Being a Blogging Master [Daily Blog Tips]
The Secret of Reliably Great Content: Blog Like a Crime Reporter [Smart Blogs]
Top 10 Blogs with Blogging Tips [Get in the Hot Spot]
Top 150 Social Media Marketing Blogs: Sept ’10 [eCairn]
Two Quick Ways to Promote Your Blog [Danny Brown]
Using Google Tools to Help You Break News and Find Stories [Reynolds Center]
Where Does Blogging Fit In To Corporate Marketing And Communications? Expert Series. Part 1 [Steve Farnsworth]
Yes, You Do Have Time to Blog! [Build a Better Blog]
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