One of the most popular ways to tell people about your life is by keeping a weblog or blogging. Blogging can involve journal-like entries about your life, a subject you know about, photos or a combination of all three. Read on to learn some good ways to keep your blog engaging to readers and perhaps, even make yourself a little money.
Use the correct spam filter for comments. If you require registration to comment, a CAPTCHA on the registration page is usually sufficient to keep spammers away. If you allow anonymous comments, an “advanced CAPTCHA,” that is, one that asks the user for “the number of hours in a day” or something similar is usually enough. Avoid services like Akismet, as these produce lots of false positives.
If you are starting your own blog, you probably won’t have a multitude of readers and comments right away. You will have to search out people and show them you exist. Some ways to do this are with social networking, such as
Facebook and Twitter. Use these sites to communicate with people, not just to post links.
Try finding your size yourself. Figure out a post size that will fit with your skills and habits. Don’t copy other bloggers, try finding what works for you by experimenting. Some 600-700 words per entry and some write 2000-3000 words per entry. Try testing what works for your own writing style and needs.
Create an email update list for your blog. On your site, offer a place for people to sign up for these updates and send them out every time you post a new blog. Those who are truly interested in following your blog will like the idea of being notified when new content is posted.
Everyone makes mistakes, it is only natural. It is helpful to use Google Webmaster Tools when checking your work to point out any mistakes that you might have made. All you will need to do then is go and fix them, and nobody will ever see anything that you have messed up on.
Having active commentary on your blog is an effective way to maintain traffic. This is because comments are content just like blog articles. Readers will revisit your blog not only to read new articles but also to see if anyone has left new comments. You can encourage commenting by asking questions and inquiring about your readers’ perspectives in your blog articles. Responding to comments also encourages commenting.
Blogging can be a fun and interesting hobby. It helps you to express yourself and can even be profitable if you decide to “monetize” it. The key is to stick with it and keep it up regularly. Consider it as a diary of your life or interests, and stay engaged.