Even after almost two years of blogging, I find myself returning to this site again and again for headline advice. A great headline can really make a difference.
Written by my friend Ilene, her site is a wealth of information about all things blogging related. If you want up-to-date news on the latest blogging communities, technologies, and tools to broadcast your blog to a larger audience, this is the place to be.
This site is a collaborative efforts of an entire community of bloggers sharing their tips and experiences. My favorite articles are always on how to get traffic to your new blog.
No list would be complete without the original site about blogging. Search any topic that is giving you trouble, and I guarantee you will find an answer.
I personally have used the 31 Days To Build a Better Blog by ProBlogger and highly recommend it to give you that push you often need in the beginning. Each day you focus on a different aspect of your blog or learn to write a new type of post. I can’t stress how helpful this is for a beginning blogger. After a month, your head will be spinning with ideas.
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- Learn foundational brainstorming techniques.
- Create a content plan—and content, of course!
- Build a social media presence.
- Create practical quality assurance tools.
- Set up a publishing process.
- Master the components of a blog post.
- Develop your blog’s ongoing strategy.
From experience, I can say that blogging without a plan makes the task much more difficult. He has a wonderful way to get you organized, and your blogging experience will benefit from some smart planning.
Join a Community
Joining a blogging community is one of the best things you can do as a new blogger. You can’t put a price on the relationship building that results from being actively involved and the real advice you will receive from seasoned bloggers.
I highly recommend Blog Engage. Brian has done a fantastic job in bringing bloggers together in a place they can promote themselves as well as support their fellow bloggers.
I don’t know what to write about
I see this all the time. You get all excited about starting a blog and then the time comes to write the first post. You are nervous and you draw a blank.
What information does your audience care about or need to know?
REAL ESTATE AGENTS: Share your knowledge about the area you cover and become an authority. Sell the neighborhood not the house! Write articles featuring festivals and events going on in your community, do features about the neighborhoods you like to sell in, or share tips on how to pick a house that fits their lifestyle.
DENTISTS, DOCTORS, ETC: Write features about your staff, new technology you are using, and community outreach you are involved in.
What questions or problems do your readers have that you can solve?
Great resources for ideas include Yahoo! Answers (what are people asking), Google Alerts for your keywords, and subscribing to blogs in your niche.
Any other resources to share?